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Women and Courage
As Mother's Day is just around the corner we thought it would be appropriate to highlight some of the findings in Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener's new book, The Courage Quotient.
Did you know that in every single category except physical acts of bravery, women are more courageous than men?
Studies have shown that women, who make up 51% of the population, are about 60% of all Peace Corps volunteers.
Women also make up 60% of those who have been recognized as Righteous Among the Nations, an honor given to non-Jews who risked their lives to aid Jews during the Holocaust.
In addition, most people would agree that donating an organ takes quite a bit of bravery, and studies have found that women donate 57% of all kidneys in the U.S.
Another statistic of interest is the percentage of women who win the Carnegie Medal, given to a person who "voluntarily risks his or her own life, knowingly, to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the life of another person." Although women are nominated for this honor less often than men, those who are nominated for a medal win the award 11.2% of the time whereas only 10.6% of men nominated did.
In honor of Mother's Day we invite you to share your favorite story of a courageous woman in your life..after all, the act of giving birth takes a lot of courage! Post your comment on our Facebook page- we look forward to reading your stories!