WOMEN OF HISTORY: Cleopatra (69 BC - 30 BC)
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Today’s Iconic Woman is Cleopatra, the infamous Egyptian queen. She was born over 2000 years ago in 69 BC. At just 17, she became a co-regent alongside her father, and when he passed away a few years later, he left his kingdom to her and her younger brother in his will.


At 21, Cleopatra was bravely leading armies, practicing diplomacy, tackling economic challenges like famine and a massive inherited debt, and advocating her independence and autonomy. 


Cleopatra is famous for her beauty, but it wasn’t physical attractiveness that made her so notorious. Instead, it was her charisma, intellect, wit, and general dynamo that led to (married) powerful men falling at her feet in passionate love affairs. She never married for love - only for strategy, but her life wasn’t lacking in love or romance… Caesar loved her so much he built a monument to her, despite being married to another woman, and Mark Antony literally abandoned his army before an invasion and spent a whole winter cuddled up with her in her palace.


Cleopatra still leads by example, with women all over the world desiring to be like her. Her example teaches us that it’s your personality and your mind that have the biggest influence on your beauty, that it’s okay to break the mold and do things your own way, and above all to always be true to you and let your whole personality shine. 



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