Vatsala Devki Vats
Brand Content Writer
Hello there, ego boost! We have all read about numerous studies that prove how we women are way superior than men when it comes to leadership qualities (hell yes- I have supremely talented female bosses and I bet you do, too) and the ability to stay single (why doesn't this surprise me?).
But, the latest studies have gone a step further and provided us with evidence that proves women are much more capable at surviving life threatening situations than men.
Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark assessed historic data of death rates for men and women who suffered famines and epidemics, or who were sold into slavery.
Lead author professor, Virginia Zarulli wrote, "In all populations, women had lower mortality across almost all ages, and, with the exception of one slave population, they lived longer on average than men. Most of the female advantage was due to differences in mortality among infants: baby girls were able to survive harsh conditions better than baby boys,"
The researchers said the results suggest that women are fundamentally biologically ‘hardier’ than men, which may be due to differences in sex hormones. Oestrogen is a known anti-inflammatory which also protects the vascular system, while testosterone is a risk factor for many fatal diseases. The male sex hormone may also harm the immune system.
Robin Dunbar, Professor of Evolutionary Psychology at Oxford University, said: “I think the answer possibly lies in the fact that males are more fragile. Women are just more determined: men give up quicker when the going gets tough. Women find it much harder to die when in the final stages, and often hang on in there well past the point at which males have given up and gone.”
So without thinking twice, I will happily put it out there for all of you to read- whatever men can do, women can do it better. This time it’s not just women who are saying it; but science that is backing it up.
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