You hear the cliches or the stereotypes, but some unusual facts about women are actually true and there are scientific reasons behind them.
From our incredible multi-tasking capabilities to our heightened sense of smell, there are several unusual facts that are uniquely female and only pertain to women.
Here are 12 facts about women that have been backed up by studies. Keep in mind some facts can vary from female to female and not all of them apply to all women; every human is unique!
1. The female heart beats slightly faster to make up for the fact that it’s smaller. An average adult female heart beats 78-82 times a minute while an average male’s heart only beats 70-72 times a minute, says consultant cardiologist Miles Behan at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
2. Women on average live longer than men. Professor Katsuiku Hirokawa of the Tokyo Medical and Dental University says this is partly due to their immune systems aging more slowly.
3. Studies conducted by Dr. Nirao Shah, Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences and Neurobiology at Stanford University, show that although men’s total brain size is larger, a woman’s hippocampus, a small organ associated to learning and memorization, is larger than a man’s and works differently.
4. Heels were actually worn by men first: they were considered riding footwear, a symbol of status and made them look taller, says Elizabeth Semmelhack of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. Women of the 1600s started wearing heels to show their equality and “masculinise their outfits.”
5. Dr. Katherine Whitcome of Harvard University says women have a stronger and more flexible lower back than men thanks to evolution, as mothers need to stay mobile during pregnancy.
6. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine conducted a study which suggests that women are more talkative due to the presence of higher levels of “language protein” FOXP2 in the brain.
7. The German Society of Ophthalmology concluded women, on average, cry for 6 minutes while men cry for 2 to 4 minutes. They also concluded that in 65% of cases for women, crying will turn into sobbing versus 6% of cases for men.
8. According to a group of researchers led by Louis Muglia, who studied 3,500 mothers and their babies in Finland, Denmark, and Norway, shorter women have shorter pregnancies.
9. According to two experiments conducted by psychologists at the University of Hertfordshire, the University of Glasgow and the University of Leeds, women are more adept at switching between tasks and are better at real-life multitasking than men.
10. A study published in the Archives of Sexual Behaviors suggests that hip width has a significant correlation with a female’s sexual behavior, the strongest association being between greater hip width and more frequent one-night stands.
11. Women have a better-developed sense of smell, and Professor Roberto Lent from the Institute of Biomedical Sciences in Brazil has even found biological evidence that may explain why: they believe women’s superior smell is cognitive or emotional rather than perceptual.
12. According to The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, pregnant women are more likely to develop Pica, an eating disorder where one has intense cravings for non-food items, such as dirt or chalk.