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On the day Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, I decided to read Cleopatra: A Life by the Pulitzer prize-winning biographer Stacy Schiff.

I craved history lessons from the successful life-work of a female leader. I learned that Cleopatra was more than the sexualized creature we know from many historians, Hollywood and even Shakespeare. Today, she is mostly remembered for her romances, and little-known for her actions as an illustrious and wise leader.

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