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Powerful Women in a Men's World

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I keep coming across semi-invisible (by which, I suppose I mean to HIStory ;-)) women, who quite obviously wield power or change their society behind the scenes of (& often by manipulating) the males whose stories are told, and I can't find a good project to attach them to - in order to give them a trace on Geni.

There are lots of projects for great women, who do impressive things (especially era-specific projects) - but none that encompass women who affect the course of their society irrespective of whether they are laudable -

eg -by divorcing one king and offering yourself to whoever beats him, causing a battle that wipes out most of the Irish nobility at Clontarf: Gormflaith

- or by quietly manipulating the politics of the colonial government who appoint you as a puppet regent, in the interests of your tribe: Nonesi Great House Wife, Twice regent of the abaThembu

- or by killing off your powerful son-in-law to change the balance of power in favour of a new son-in-law: Pepin, the Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia: Anseflede

I'm sure people can think of lots of others, or come across them in the course of researching for Geni, so I'm provisionally calling this project: 'Powerful Women in a Men's World', and asking for people to attach them & their stories here as we find them - whatever era or area they are in.

Work-in-progress - please jump in. We're having an interesting Discussion here about exactly what niche this is trying to fill.