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Mesopotamian Women's Rights

Some women have more rights than others. One way to get more as a woman, is to get married. Most women are getting married at a wife auctions, unwillingly. But, at least now they get rights. Another way that a women could get rights is if they were born into royalty, but that is very rare.


The Role of Women

The Mesopotamian women role is strictly defined. She is either the daughter of her father or the wife of her husband. Women rarely act as individuals outside of their families. Women are trained usually to be housekeepers and mothers. They learn how to grind grain, make beverages, as well as spin and weave cloth for clothing.

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Women and Marriage

Women are getting married when they are 12. They are sold at wife auctions. Wife auctions are auctions at which a man can purchase his wife, even if the wife does not want to. This is an example of their lack of rights. But, on the bright side, women got more rights once they were married.


Women getting Jobs

It is very rare for women to get jobs other than working around the house. On rare occasions though, women receive great jobs like a scribe. But, you have to be very wealthy and extremely smart.


Women's Daily Life

A women's daily life can be very difficult. We asked a woman what it is like. Juju Jinjin said, "Every day, I get up, cook breakfast, then make a snack for my sons that go to scribe school, next I make lunch which takes about an hour and a half, after that, I do the chores around the house, then make dinner, next the my sons come home from school, lastly I get to go to bed after a long day."


Enheduanna

Although most women have to stay home all day, there is a woman named Enheduanna who is our first female poet. She is daughter of our recent king, who just passed away, Sargon. She was high priestess of the moon-god temple while Sargon was the monarch. Enheduanna writes great poems of her problems and current issues. One poem includes how she once was a high priestess, and how she now is a commoner. None the less, Enheduanna was still the first female poet of our time.


Our Goddess Ishtar

Although we have many goddess, our favorite is Ishtar. She is the goddess of love. There are many prayers toward Ishtar, that our citizens say every day. One of our most meaningful prayers is about how the gracious and heroic Ishtar created humankind. There are many other important prayers that are to convey this same meaning.


Events Coming Up

Abubu's Ultimate Dance Competition

A new competition has come to town. It is Abubu's Ultimate Dance Competition. In Abubu's Ultimate Dance Competition, dancers from all over Mesopotamia- Sumer, Assyria, and Babylon- can come and battle it out on stage. This years winner will get 100,000 mina of silver, and a scholarship to the best scribe school in Mesopotamia. Come watch next week, to see if the mom's and the children can survive each other, and the great Abubu throughout the competition.


Abubu's Ultimate Dance Competition

Sunday, Jan. 11th 1750 at 6:15pm

Assyrian Stage, Mesopotamia

Mesopotamian Toddlers and Tiaras

Do you like little girls dressing up, to do a sassy walk on the stage? Well then, come down to Babylon to see the sassy battle on stage. You will see who can win the ultimate grand supreme crown, made with the royal jewels passed down from the king's line of family. Also, you win 10,000 mina of silver.


Mesopotamian Toddlers and Tiaras

Wednesday, Feb. 4th 1750 at 6:45pm

Babylonian Red Carpet, Mesopotamia

M Factor (Women)

Do you think you have star potential? Do you believe that you are the best female singer in Mesopotamia? Then come on down to Sumer and test your abilities. The winner of the M Factor gets a recording contract with Mesopotamia's best musicians. That's not all, you can get 200,000 mina of silver, plus the money you make with your recording!


M Factor (Women)

Saturday, Feb. 28th 1750 at 7:15pm

Sumerian Stage, Mesopotamia