Women today tend to live longer than men almost everywhere worldwide -- in some countries by more than a decade. Now, three centuries of historical records show that women don't just outlive men in normal times: They're more likely to survive even in the worst of circumstances, such as famines and epidemics, researchers report. Most of the life expectancy gender gap was due to a female survival advantage in infancy rather than adulthood, the researchers found.
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In22 members of the Donner family headed west to California from Illinois. They picked up more travelers along the way, in Utah and Wyoming, until their group—known as the Donner Party—grew to As the infamous tale goes, they ran into harsh winter weather on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada and had to make camp.
These days there are more sophisticated ways to measure strength than an old-fashioned arm wrestle. Like, for example, our resilience and hardiness when it comes to withstanding horrendous ordeals. And if research from the University of Southern Denmark is to be believed, women are the far stronger sex in these instances. Using historic data to analyse death rates for men and women who endured famines, epidemics or were sold into slavery, researchers found that in nearly every case, women outlived male counterparts by years.
This blog post draws on data and research discussed in our entry on Life Expectancy and Child Mortality. An automated translation of this article into Spanish is available here: ourworldindata. Everywhere in the world women live longer than men — but this was not always the case.
F our years ago, completely spent, blood transfused into me in a frantic effort to allow me to walk, I lay on a hospital bed having given birth the day before. To the joy of my family, I had brought them a son. Blue balloons foretold a man in the making.
Women have a longer life expectancy than men do under normal circumstances, and now a new study from Denmark and Germany reveals that women also outlive men even in the worst of times. In the study, which took a look back on historical life expectanciesresearchers found that women had, on average, a longer life expectancy when facing the harshest conditions — including famines and epidemics — than men did. Indeed, the study found that even under extremely harsh and critical conditions, women have a survival advantage, said lead author Virginia Zarulli, an assistant professor at the Institute of Public Health at the University of Southern Denmark.
This poem, written by the Hindi poet Uma Shankar Joshi in the s, focuses on the untimely deaths of daughters in northern India. The fact that small girls in northern India do not survive at the same rates as their brothers has been well known in academic circles for some years, as indeed it was by thoughtful Indians even earlier. It has been gaining wider publicity in the West due to the use of Western medical technology to achieve the same end - through amniocentesis, which then destroys them.
Men might naturally have more muscle mass and strength than women, but ladies are the ones that live longer — even in times of crisis. Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark looked at historical data on death rates for both women and men who endured famines — like the Irish potato famine, the Ukraine famine and the Swedish famine — along with disease outbreaks and found that women outlived men almost every time. Sometimes by years.
Women are better than men at withstanding crisis conditions like severe famines, epidemics and slavery, according to a recent paper by researchers at the University of Southern Denmark and Duke University. And their hardiness starts early: Newborn girls survived those extreme circumstances better than boys, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences-published study found. Also read: This is the No. The researchers looked at seven extremely low-life-expectancy populations 20 years or less for at least one of the sexes over a roughly year span, including freed Liberian slaves and Trinidad plantation slaves in the s, the Ukrainian famine, the Swedish famine of toIcelandic measles epidemics in andand the Irish potato famine of to