4. They’re Making More Money
Not only have women largely reached wage parity, younger ones actually make more than men do. Out of America’s 150 largest cities, single women under 30 earn more in 147, at an average of 8 percent, than their male counterparts. In Memphis and Atlanta they earn 20 percent more. And it’s not just wages. Women weather downturns better, too. Of the six million Americans to lose their jobs between the end of 2007 and mid-2009, about 80 percent were men. That’s because the fields seeing the biggest downsizing—manufacturing, engineering, construction and finance—tend to be male-dominated, while more women work in “recession-proof” fields like education and nursing. Our advice? Accept it as the new normal and marry well. Women have been doing it for centuries.
5. They’re Healthier
Women have seemingly always lived longer than men. But that’s not all these days. For example, they also eat healthier: a University of Minnesota study found that about 20 percent of women eat fast food once a week, while about a third of men do. But that’s small potatoes compared to research showing they have better immune systems and are less likely to develop cancer. Dr. Claude Libert of Belgium’s Ghent University believes there are RNA properties of the X chromosome that help prevent illness and help fight off infection, and women have two while we are stuck with just one X and an apparently useless Y. Remember this the next time you need to call in sick. Just tell ’em you’ve come down with the man-flu.
6. They Learn More
Here’s a legit reason women might be earning more than men these days: You know what’s relaxing? Winning the gender war.
You probably won’t be surprised to hear that women and men handle stress differently. But you might be shocked to learn that women, science says, handle it much better than you do. One reason is that men lean more toward “fight or flight” behaviors while women do something called “tend and befriend.” Or, in layman’s terms, “talk it out over a tube of cookie dough.” Furthermore, women experiencing stress use naturally produced oxytocin to get over it. Men opt for high blood pressure, alcoholism and getting all aggro in other dudes’ faces. But hey, we’ll take totally losing our cool over a good cry and a Lifetime movie any day.