Women had also taken part in religious activities, such as those who were priestesses.In the Sixth Dynasty Nebet became a Vizier and thus the first woman in History to fulfill such an office.Politically, they often managed to become Interregnum queens.In the Ptolemaic Dynasty this rise to power was sublimated with the establishment of a coregency system, in which Queens had the same position as Kings and were even powerful enough to obtain in dispute that coregency for themselves.
Only the children from the Great Royal Wife could expect to succeed to the throne, and if there were no son but daughters by her, then a son by another wife or concubine could only get the throne by marrying the heir daughter, and whoever did so would become the new King.
To limit women's contact with men as tradition, practices such as veiling and gender segregation at schools, work, and recreation have become common.
Furthermore, lower-class families, especially in Upper-Egypt, have tended to withdraw females from school as they reached puberty to minimize their interaction with males.
While the Nasserist years allowed a wide range of study for women, Sadat's policies would narrow the opportunities available to women.
Unemployment for women changed from 5.8% 1960 to 40.7% in 1986.The further Nubian Queens were able to maintain this status.