New research suggests the female advantage in life expectancy has fundamental biological roots. No doubt many of you will have long suspected this is the case, and now you have fresh scientific findings to back up your suspicions. Across modern populations, women outlive men in almost all instances, with life expectancy for English women being Now, academics from the Southern University of Denmark have looked at data from seven historic cases when populations were exposed to extreme hardship, in order to gain new insights into the gender mortality gap. Case studies included the Irish famine of , the Iceland measles epidemics of and , and the experiences of freed Liberian slaves returning to Africa from the US in the early 19th century, where they encountered a very different disease climate which killed many.
The weaker sex? Science that shows women are stronger than men
Women are the stronger sex - and here's the scientific proof
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 to , Icelandic measles epidemics in and , and the Irish potato famine of to Despite both sexes having a high mortality rate, women outlasted men by up to nearly four years on average.
Women really ARE the stronger sex!
Everywhere in the world women live longer than men — but this was not always the case. Why do women live so much longer than men today, and why has this advantage increased over time? The evidence is limited and we only have partial answers.
Women across the globe are defying age old patriarchal norms and smashing stereotypes by claiming their space in various fields. But there are still many who perceive women as the weaker sex arguing that men are the physically stronger sex. Researchers observed the death rates of men and women who were faced with famines and epidemics or were sold into slavery across history.