4 Surprising Perks Of Being A Woman, According To Science

by Stephanie Ironson
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You're bloated. Your hair looks like shit.

You can't find anything to wear and you're not about to pull a Kim Kardashian (because of said bloating). You start to wish you were just born with a penis.

We've all been there. There are some days when being a woman just isn't working out.

However, today, March 8, is International Women's Day and I feel it is my journalistic duty to bring you this breaking news: There are some serious perks to being a woman.

*Cue eye rolls from angry self-proclaimed meninists*

I should make it clear this isn't me talking, it's science. Also, another thing to make clear: Meninists, you're not a real thing. Please give it up, freaks.

Anyway, that's right, I'm talking about SCIENCE.

Here are four surprising, scientific perks about being a woman.


Women outlive men.

Across the world, women live five to 10 years longer than men. According to Tom Perls, founder of the New England Centenarian Study at Boston University, a big advantage women have is they typically develop cardiovascular diseases in their 70s and 80s while men are at a higher risk in their 50s and 60s.

Additionally, men typically engage in body-harming activities more than women. For example, men are more likely to smoke cigarettes, eat food that leads to higher cholesterol and tend to internalize stress, which can cause cardiovascular problems.

Women are better learners.

A recent study found girls are kicking ass on the elementary school level compared to their male peers. According to Claudia Buchmann, co-author of "The Rise of Women: The Growing Gender Gap in Education and What It Means for American Schools," while girls and boys have similar rates of intelligence, girls work harder.

Buchmann told neaToday girls are more likely to say they enjoy school and want to get good grades. That motivation translates into effort, which translates into better scores.

Not to mention, women are earning higher degrees at better rates than men AND account for 60 percent of the US bachelor degree holders.

So, you see, girls are still going to college to get more knowledge and boys are still going to Jupiter to get more stupider.

Also, Marilyn vos Savant (a woman) holds the record for the highest IQ, with a score of 228. Not only is she in "The Guinness Book of World Records" for possessing the highest IQ, she also possesses a uterus.

Women have stronger immune systems.

While women may be more inclined to claim they are "literally dying" the second seasonal allergies kick in, they scientifically have better immune systems.

There are a few hypotheses and different components that attribute to women's heightened immune systems including estrogen's immune-boosting influence and the role of MicroRNAs encoded on the X chromosome.

I mean, just ask Jake Gyllenhaal. It was called "Bubble Boy" and not "Bubble Girl" for a reason.

Women are better drivers.

According to a study by Quality Planning, men are 3.4 times more likely than women to get a reckless driving ticket and 3.1 times as likely to be cited for drunk driving.

And safer driving means better insurance. Female drivers in the US pay an average 9 percent less on insurance than men, based on a study from Insweb.

So, next time you get in the car with your mom and she is swerving between lanes while putting on lipstick, just take a deep breath and remember these stats.