Scientists may have just proven women are kinder and more selfless then men, and it’s all thanks to our brains.
How Science Got Women Wrong
For much of history women were treated as men’s intellectual inferiors. Victorians believed that women’s reproductive health would be damaged if they strained their brains at university. A century ago few countries allowed women to vote. In 2005 Lawrence Summers, then president of Harvard University, got into trouble for suggesting that one reason for the scarcity of women among scientists at elite universities may be due to “issues of intrinsic aptitude”.
Women are Kinder and More Generous Than Men, Study Finds
“When a woman exhibits some form of kindness, it triggers a greater reward signal than it does in men, whose reward system is stimulated more by selfish behaviour.”
Gender and Helping Behavior: A Meta-Analytic Review of the Social Psychological Literature
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