Women were guaranteed the right to vote and equality of opportunity was explicitly stated in the 1956 Egyptian constitution, forbidding gender-based discrimination.
Labor laws were changed to ensure women's standing in the work force and maternity leave was legally protected.
Currently, the state of women's rights in Egypt is extremely poor, with female genital mutilation, honor killings and sexual harassment remaining serious issues faced by Egyptian women.
In 2013, Egypt was ranked as the worst country in the Arab World for women.
The further Nubian Queens were able to maintain this status.
The most important religious offices of that kind were those of God's Wife and God's Wife of Amun.
Women could also own property, divorce their husbands, live alone and occupy main positions, mostly religious, in similarity with Assyrian women.
From the earliest preserved archaeological records, Egyptian women have been thought to be considered nearly equal to men in Egyptian society, regardless of marital status.
An Egyptian woman was thought to be at the peak of her power when her sons had married because she automatically acquired the control over the newly growing families of her sons.
Women have traditionally been preoccupied with household tasks and child rearing and have rarely had opportunities for contact with men outside the family.
Women who had only bore females were given derogatory names, such as "mothers of brides".
A family with well-grown sons was considered to have decent security.