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Months ahead of November’s midterm elections, 2018 is set to be a landmark year for women in politics as a record number of female candidates are running, and winning, in offices across the US government.

Women have had a long history making their mark in the political spotlight, with or without a formal position, as one half of political power couples that have left lasting impressions on the world.

Take a look at some of history’s most iconic political couples:

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Cleopatra and Julius Caesar

Though Mark Antony and Cleopatra have gotten star treatment from Shakespeare and the silver screen, the Egyptian ruler’s romantic relationship with Roman general Julius Caesar was the most historically significant power move.

Cleopatra was the richest and most powerful ruler in the world when she became the pharaoh of Egypt in 51 BC.

When the Romans marched into her territory, she became Caesar’s lover as a means of staying in power. She had his son, Caesarion, in 47 BC.

After Caesar’s assassination in 44 BC, Cleopatra entered into a relationship with Caesar’s commander Antony, which ended tragically in their double suicide.

Source: Smithsonian Magazine, Britannica

Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand

After Spain’s Catholic monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I eloped, they assumed their thrones in the 1470s.

The pair exercised stern control during their late-18th Century reign, as they oversaw the Spanish Inquisition that tortured and killed thousands and expelled hundreds of thousands more.

They also established themselves as an imperial force by sending Christopher Columbus on his 1492 voyage to the New World.

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Source:: Business Insider

      

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