Eleanor Roosevelt once quipped that a woman is like a tea bag. You can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
So the former first lady would most certainly have approved of a new study which suggests women, far from being the weaker sex, are much more likely to survive a life-threatening crisis.
Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark trawled through historic data looking at death rates for men and women who suffered famines and epidemics, or who were sold into slavery.
In virtually every case, they found that women survived their ordeals far longer, often outliving their male counterparts by years, even when conditions were equally dire.
Women are generally genetically stronger (XX, the Y being a pitiful little thing) and also physically in one important sense. Not quite, but about, endurance.
Female expected lifespan used to be about the same or perhaps lower than men. The truly vast numbers dying in childbirth and complications of. Once that was largely out of the way then females expected lifespan became longer than men. We thus know this result without this research.