WOMEN OF HISTORY | PHARAOH HATSHEPSUT (1508–1458 BC) (Joan Smalls)
Hatshepsut was one of the most successful of the Egyptian Pharaohs and ruled longer than any other woman, she also ruled not as Queen but as Pharaoh in her own right. Images of her have her dressed in the traditional regalia of the male Pharaohs, including the false beard.
Although Hatshepsut led successful military campaigns early in the twenty-two years of her rule, her reign was mostly considered to be a prosperous and peaceful era in Egyptian history. During it she funded expeditions of exploration, re-established trading that had been lost during foreign occupation, and brought wealth to Egypt which she used for the hundreds of construction projects she undertook, grander and more numerous than what had come before. (Pharaohs after her would attempt to claim some of these projects as their own, and so much statuary was produced during her era that almost every major museum in the world boasts at least one piece.)
She gave her co-regent control of the armies of Egypt and there seems to be have no challenges to her leadership and rule, either from him or from anyone else.