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New Website Explores the Women in Architecture Your History Books Didn't Teach You About Smithsonian - January 9, 2018
'Pioneering Women of American Architecture' features in-depth profiles of unsung architects who made significant contributions to the field
Why are women accused of witchcraft? Study in rural China gives clue PhysOrg - January 9, 2018
From medieval witch hunts in Europe to contemporary "witch doctors" in Tanzania, belief in witchcraft has existed across human societies throughout history. Anthropologists have long been fascinated by the phenomenon, but have struggled to study it with quantitative methods – our understanding of how and why it arises is therefore poor. But a study we conducted of one Chinese region provided an opportunity to test the most common hypothesis – that witchcraft accusations act as punishment for those who do not cooperate with local norms. According to this theory, witch tags mark supposedly untrustworthy individuals and encourage others to conform out of fear of being labelled. However, some empirical studies have shown that witch labelling instead undermines trust and social cohesion in a society.
Women really are the stronger sex! They survive better than men during famines, epidemics and slavery, reveals analysis of some of humanities most 'horrific' situations Daily Mail - January 8, 2018
When it comes to survival in the most extreme conditions women really are the strongest sex, a study of famines, epidemics and slavery has found. It is well known that women are the 'life expectancy champions' – living longer than men in every country in the world. But to see if this holds true when death rates are 'extraordinarily high', researchers compared the survival rates of males and females in the most 'horrific' situations. The researchers from the University of Southern Denmark looked at some tragic historical events when average life expectancy dropped below 20 years. Known as 'high-mortality populations', researchers looked at seven time periods when human lives were wiped out by starvation, disease and violence.
Women are the stronger sex - and here's the scientific proof The Telegraph - January 8, 2018
Eleanor Roosevelt once quipped that a woman is like a tea bag. You can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. So the former first lady would most certainly have approved of a new study which suggests women, far from being the weaker sex, are much more likely to survive a life-threatening crisis. Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark trawled through historic data looking at death rates for men and women who suffered famines and epidemics, or who were sold into slavery. In virtually every case, they found that women survived their ordeals far longer, often outliving their male counterparts by years, even when conditions were equally dire.
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