Mesopotamia Women Gazette

News for the Women

Hammurabi's Women's Laws

A few weeks ago, King Hammurabi received a set of 282 laws from the gods and has written them down. Some are very unreasonable to women. For example, "If a man take a woman to wife, but have no intercourse with her, this woman is no wife to him." Although many laws are unreasonable, some are very good. For example "If a woman quarrel with her husband, and say: "you are not congenial to me," the reasons for her prejudice must be presented. if she is guiltless, and there is no fault on her part, but he leaves and neglects her, then no guilt attaches to woman, she shall take her dowry and go back to her father's house."

Interview on Hammurabi's Code

"If a sister of a god open a tavern, or enter a tavern to drink, than shall this woman shall be burned to death."

We will not mention the woman's name we are interviewing. This woman's opinion is,"Even though, I am not a 'sister of a god', I think this law is unfair."

I mean, if I were a "sister of a god", and I wanted a drink, I would not want to be burned to death. It is unfair that normal people get drinks, but not a "sister of a god".


Woman are Rising to Power!

New woman monarch in Ur is finally announced! We don't know who it is yet, but the people are very excited. because women are not equal to men in rights, some people are against it. This is a very special occasion!


People Volunteering to Die for Monarch

Many people are already volunteering die with the monarch. They do this because they say that the monarch was very nice and a great ruler. But the burial has already been planned. Many woman servants will be buried with her by drinking poison.

"I'll die for her, because the monarch is so kind hearted and it would be an honor to serve her after death," says a voluntary woman willing to die for her queen.

Famous Woman of the Week

Enheduanna, the first female poet is our famous woman of the week. She mostly wrote her poems about praises to the gods and goddesses. This poem was written after she got kicked out of high priestess, from the new Monarch. "Me who once sat triumphant, he has driven out of the sanctuary. Like a swallow he made me fly from the window, my life is consumed. He stripped me of the crown appropriate for the high priesthood. He gave me dagger and sword - 'it becomes you,' he said to me." This is our famous women of the week.


Marriage Auctions

Many woman are auctioned of at the age of 12 to be sold to men. We wanted your opinion, here are the polls for the law.

Approval: 160

Disapproval: 210

Many people wanted the law to not exist, and this is one step toward getting a law against it.

Woman Priestesses opinions

Many people have different opinions on woman priestesses. Here is two. We will not mention these people's names

Opinion 1, " I do not like woman priestesses, the men have better prayers and have more enthusiasm."

Opinion 2, " I like woman priestesses, they are just as good as men and just as spiritual."



Job Openings

Jimmy, "I would like a housekeeper to clean my huge house. I need three woman to do this, first come first serve. Pay is one flatbread every two weeks. One medium sized slab of meat every month."

Woman Thrown in the River and Dies

After a disagreement a with her husband, she has been found guilty and thrown in the river. The disagreement was that she accused him of cheating. The court decided to throw her in the river, and she drowned. This proved her guilt.


Monthly Hammurabi Code Vote

We take a Monthly poll of one of Hammurabi's Code laws. The code is " If any one be captured in war and there is not sustenance in his house, if then his wife go to another house, this woman shall be held blameless."

The vote comes in...

Good Law: 300 votes

Bad Law: 109 votes