Women Rulers Throughout the Ages

An Illustrated Guide

by Guida M. Jackson


In a world dominated by men, the women who reach the ultimate political power of ruling a society are viewed almost as curiosities. Whether a brilliant governor or flawed by ego, ambition, or ineffective power, each of these remarkable individuals achieved heights rarely afforded women.

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September 1999


Pages 471
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Women's Studies/General
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Women Rulers throughout the Ages is an engaging and informative biographical compendium of women rulers around the world.

Some were bloodthirsty. Some were enlightened. One was not amused. All were women who held supreme power: queens, empresses, prime ministers, presidents, regents, constitutional monarchs, and other women rulers. Women Rulers Throughout the Ages offers highly readable biographies covering each ruler's victories and defeats, foibles and triumphs, life and times.

This title is based on the author's award-winning Women Who Ruled. Many entries have been substantially revised, expanded, and updated, and more than 200 new entries have been added, covering individuals who came to power in the past decade, along with recently unearthed information about little-known rulers in Africa, the Middle East, and Central America.


  • Biographies of more than 550 rulers of countries, empires, and civilizations, including less prominently researched women rulers from areas such as Africa, the Middle East, and Central America


  • Comprehensive coverage of every female ruler of every kingdom, island, empire, nation, and tribe throughout recorded history
Author Info

Guida M. Jackson is a lecturer in the English Foundations Department at the University of Houston, Houston, TX and managing editor of Touchstone Literary Journal.



"Recommended for high schools."

"Recommended for public libraries."Library Journal

"This work is recommended for high school libraries."American Reference Books Annual

"An excellent survey which provides a starting point for research papers and an understanding of the role of women in world politics."The Bookwatch

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