The ongoing debate between the genders often feels unnecessary, and that’s because it is. Nevertheless, research shows that women possess unique capabilities.
When you ask a woman what she excels in compared to a man, many might jovially reply with “everything.” However, science shows that women do have unique strengths. Beyond the evident biological roles of childbearing and breastfeeding, women also shine in other non-maternal capacities.
Precision and Handwriting
Women often exhibit neater handwriting than men. This disparity stems from brain development differences. Jane might write clean block letters, while Bobby’s might resemble scribbles.
Kristin Kane from Parenting magazine observes that during the primary school years, girls’ brains typically mature faster in areas governing fine motor skills. This gives them an advantage in learning handwriting. As boys mature, their handwriting does improve, but many men still lag behind women in neatness. Both biology and societal expectations play a part. Women have more nerve connections aiding precision, and society tends to equate neat writing with femininity.
Healthy Eating Habits, Longer Lifespans
Christie Griffin from Cosmopolitan points out that women generally lead healthier lives than men. They often choose better diets, boast robust immune systems, and, as a consequence, live longer.
A survey by the University of Minnesota found that women often picked nutrition-rich foods like fruits and vegetables over calorie-dense choices like frozen pizza and red meat. Women might occasionally indulge in chocolates, but their overall diet is commendable.
Furthermore, women’s strong immune responses, bolstered by estrogen, mean they fall sick less often. A study from McGill University discovered that estrogen combats an enzyme that impedes our body’s initial defense against microbes. Consequently, it’s no revelation that 85% of centenarians are women, as noted by the New England Centenarian Study. On average, women outlive men by five to ten years.
Financial Acumen and Effective Leadership
Despite Wall Street’s male dominance, Griffin argues that women are financially savvier. She references a study comparing investment returns, where women outperformed men by 18% to 11%. This could be because women are generally more conservative investors with a long-term perspective.
Additionally, Griffin suggests women excel as executives and managers. She cites management expert Jay Forte, who believes women are superior listeners, mentors, problem solvers, and multitaskers. Forte credits women’s innate ability to engage and motivate their teams, a crucial trait in our service-driven economy.
Supporting this, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that since December 2007, 80% of job losses affected men. This might be due to the sectors hardest hit or the possibility, as Griffin opines, that women are more “recession-resistant.”
Different, Not Necessarily Superior
Precision, healthier lifestyles, and adept financial and managerial skills are among the advantages women have. Yet, understanding gender differences isn’t about competition but synergy. Biologically, men and women will always differ, but the goal is mutual appreciation. So, ladies, let’s take the lead in finances. Men, we’ll let you know when there’s a faucet to repair.
What Women Do Better Than Men
It is important to note that any claim about one gender being better than the other is a generalization and may not apply to everyone. However, some studies suggest women may excel in certain areas. Here are some examples:
- Handling stress: A study from the University of Western Ontario found that women are better at handling job interview stress.
- Learning: A study from the University of Georgia and Columbia University found that women are better learners and tend to be more attentive, flexible, and organized.
- Multitasking: The University of Glasgow released scientific evidence proving women are better multitaskers than men.
- Bossing: Experts suggest that women make better bosses because they are better listeners, mentors, problem solvers, and multitaskers than their male counterparts.
- Investing: A study of 100,000 portfolios showed that women’s investment returns outperformed men’s.
- Leadership: According to an analysis of thousands of 360-degree reviews, women outscored men on key leadership capabilities, including taking the initiative, acting with resilience, practicing self-development, driving for results, and displaying high integrity and honesty.
- Relationships: Women can sustain relationships better than men.
- Talking through problems: A survey of 2,000 people revealed that women are far more likely than men to discuss their problems.
- Cleanliness: Women are cleaner than men.
- Surviving car accidents: Women survive car accidents more often than men.
- Math and science: Girls tend to get better grades at school than boys, and they are better at mathematics and science.
- Computer programming: Girls are better at making computer programs than boys.
- Graduating from college: Women are more likely to graduate from college compared to men.
- Languages: Women are more adept in languages compared to men.
It is important to note that these studies are not definitive and do not apply to everyone.
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