Women wake up grumpier than men. According to a Duke University study, this is because women need much more sleep. Lack of sleep also puts women at higher risk of heart disease, depression and psychological problems. In addition it increases a clotting factor, which can lead to stroke and increases inflammation markers, which can lead to pain. This difference between men and women may be caused by hormonal differences. Women may need more sleep to regulate and balance their hormones. However, the fact that lack of sleep makes women wake up grumpier explains why “Sleeping Beauty” is a woman.
Doing less housework is causing women to gain weight. That’s according to a study published in PLoS ONE. On average, women spent 25.7 hours a week on housework in 1965 versus 13.3 hours in 2010. That translates into about 6,000 calories burned versus 4,600 calories. Unemployed women went from 33.1 hours of weekly housework to 16.5 hours – burning 360 fewer calories. Employed women did 6.7 hours weekly in 2010 – burning 132 fewer calories. Nevertheless, because these numbers were based on women doing the same amount of housework, I think this study was done by men.
New mothers show signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder. In a study of 329 women published in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine, 11% of women reported significant OCD symptoms compared to 2%-3% in the general population. At 2 weeks and at 6 months after childbirth they reported such things as intrusive fears about injuring the baby, repeatedly checking the baby’s breathing and washing and rewashing sterile bottles. Although the symptoms disappeared in more than 50% of the women within 6 months, 5% developed new symptoms. Whether post-partum OCD is caused by dramatic hormone swings or overreacting to increased responsibilities, new motherhood can redefine “baby buggy”.
There are 5 professions where women rule. According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, 27% of pharmacists were women in 1983; but as of 2012 it was 54%. Bartenders went from 50% to 60% and physician assistants went from 35% to 70%. In photography women went from 20% to a 50-50 split with men. Unfortunately, there isn’t the same split regarding earnings. On average women photographers earn $16,300 compared to men’s $35,000. Finally, accountants went from 39% to 60%. However, as of 2011 only 21% of them were partners in accounting firms. Yes, women have further to go; but these aren’t “men-ial” accomplishments.