#InternationalWomensDay: 10 Interesting Female Facts You Might Not Know! #PressforProgress

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When I think about the difference between women and men, the first thing that comes to mind is childbirth. But, there are many fascinating facts about women that I bet you didn’t know.

March 8 is International Women’s Day. In honor of IWD, here are 10 female facts you likely aren’t aware of:

1.)  In a recent study analyzing 11,000[1] men and women, the results concluded that women feel pain more intensely. Women also recover more rapidly from pain. However, the presence of the male hormone testosterone[2] in a woman’s body helps to increase pain threshold; on the other hand, the presence of female hormone estrogen in men lowers their pain threshold. Meanwhile, estrogen in a woman is said to be one of the reasons they have such high pain tolerance.

2.) Women evolved since prehistoric days, when she would only menstruate[3] 50 times in her lifetime. Today, on average, a woman will spend 3,500 days of her life menstruating. She will likely have her period 450 months within her life span. Early lunar calendars were formed as a result of a woman’s menstrual cycle and length.

3.) A whopping 91 percent[4] of women are unhappy with their bodies and resort to dieting. Eighty percent of women feel media plays a role in encouraging body image insecurities, and 13 percent of teen girls between the ages of 15-17 acknowledge they have an eating disorder.

4.) Forty-three percent[5] of women choose to leave their jobs in order to raise their children, regardless of the time they invested in higher education. Meanwhile, the number of women taking maternity leave[6] hasn’t changed in two decades. Additionally, one-quarter[7] of women who give birth return to work less than two weeks after giving birth. Currently, the U.S. is still ranked as one of the world’s worst countries for paid maternity leave[8].

5.) The gender pay gap[9] is real. As of 2016, women get paid in the U.S. on average just 80 percent of what men get paid. This means men get paid 20 cents more for every dollar earned despite working for the same exact job and hours as women.

6.) The #MeToo[10] movement that went viral in 2017 shed light on sexual harassment reaching 85 countries. According to a 2016 statistic, at least 320,000[11] incidents of sexual assault and rape took place within the United States that year alone.

7.) One CDC study[12] revealed that 16 percent of women between the age of 18-44 reported feeling “exhausted” and “very tired” compared to 9 percent of men the same age who say the same. According to a Psychology Today article[13], this is primarily due to women taking on a lot, such as juggling career, motherhood and more.

8.) In a research study[14] of more than 2,000 heterosexual couples, 70 percent of women initiated divorce compared to men.

9.) According to the U.S. Department of Education[15], there are millions more women in college compared to men, who are trailing by 2.2 million. In fact, by the year 2026, it is estimated that women will outnumber men in college by 57 percent.

10.) Some studies[16] continue to conclude that there are men out there that remain threatened by intelligent, successful women.


The Bottom Line:

I didn’t understand the many hats I would wear until I became a mother. Juggling career and parenting in a country that is considered one of the worst in the world for maternity leave isn’t easy. It’s also difficult combatting gender pay gap issues where some women are forced to choose between family and career. After all, childcare isn’t cheap and precious time with your child can’t be bought.

Whether single or married, women and women rights have definitely come a long way. But improvements still need to be made in terms of pay equality, better maternity leave, more sexual harassment awareness—all of this matters. Trust me, the juggle as an ambitious woman who is a mom and wife, it’s real. At the very least, we should all think about the special women in our lives and appreciate her for her effort and sacrifice.

For more on International Women’s Day, feel free to read the below participating bloggers. Note: Links will be updated as posts get published.


[1] http://healthland.time.com/2012/01/23/men-vs-women-on-pain-who-hurts-more/

[2] https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/chronic-pain-conditions#1

[3] https://www.factretriever.com/menstruation-facts

[4] https://www.statisticbrain.com/body-image-statistics/

[5] https://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2013/04/why-43-of-women-with-children-leave-their-jobs-and-how-to-get-them-back/275134/

[6] https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nearly-1-in-4-new-mothers-return-to-work-less-than-2-weeks-after-giving-birth_us_55d308aae4b0ab468d9e3e37

[7] https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nearly-1-in-4-new-mothers-return-to-work-less-than-2-weeks-after-giving-birth_us_55d308aae4b0ab468d9e3e37

[8] http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/paid-maternity-leave-us-worst-countres-world-donald-trump-family-leave-plan-women-republican-social-a7606036.html

[9] https://www.aauw.org/research/the-simple-truth-about-the-gender-pay-gap/

[10] http://time.com/time-person-of-the-year-2017-silence-breakers/

[11] https://www.romper.com/p/this-new-statistic-about-sexual-assault-is-so-important-after-metoo-7763617

[12] https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6214a5.htm?s_cid=mm6214a5_w

[13] https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/our-gender-ourselves/201403/women-the-verge-exhaustion

[14] https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-new-resilience/201508/women-initiate-divorce-much-more-men-heres-why

[15] https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/08/why-men-are-the-new-college-minority/536103/

[16] https://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-smart-women-may-threaten-your-manhood-2015-10-16



17 thoughts on “#InternationalWomensDay: 10 Interesting Female Facts You Might Not Know! #PressforProgress

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    Ipuna Black said:
    March 8, 2018 at 9:48 AM

    That was well written! Excellent references. I’m surprised that more women initiate a divorce and are more educated. I would love for more women to be educated, but I didn’t know the statistic on it. Excellent points you bring up. Happy Women’s Day! ❤️

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      Barb Caffrey said:
      March 8, 2018 at 11:34 AM

      I’m with Ipuna all the way. I didn’t know that about divorce being more likely to be initiated by a woman than a man. But I think it’s wonderful to see the different facts, and how they are relevant in your life…you definitely do a great deal, Sonyo, and you should be appreciated and valued for the wonderful woman you are by everyone you know, IMHO. Happy Women’s Day! 🙂

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    Mylene Orillo said:
    March 8, 2018 at 8:17 PM

    Wow! This a very informative post, Sonyo. Item #5 on Gender Pay Gap is really disappointing when we are doing the same job and yet men are earning more than the women. How much more for for working moms. After work, they still have to look after their kids and husband, do household chores, but don’t get paid, appreciated, and loved. I agree with Item #10. Very true!

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      Sonyo Estavillo said:
      March 8, 2018 at 9:59 PM

      Yeah, the pay gap remains an issue. I think it has gotten better, but there is still a gender preference to pay men more. I also echo your sentiments with #10! 🙂


    Jainey said:
    March 9, 2018 at 1:24 AM

    Wow.. This is very informative. I had an idea of all things but it’s nice to get more details about them. Women are seriously awesome.. leaders in the making.

    And in reference to #10, “In societies where men are truly confident of their own worth, women are not merely tolerated but valued.” – Aung Sang Suu Kyi. She said this all the way back in 1977 but up until now, society hasn’t taken a hint.

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    Author: Sadaf Siddiqi said:
    March 9, 2018 at 2:20 AM

    Amazing facts, had some idea but the statistics made it ever clearer. So proud that women are outshining in every field especially in higher education. Hope that we, women keep on improving ourselves and earn respect from both the genders. Happy Women’s Day, Sonyo.

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      Sonyo Estavillo said:
      March 9, 2018 at 10:57 PM

      I was floored by the results as well. I love to research and find juicy supporting facts. 🙂


    jennylynnangelo said:
    March 10, 2018 at 8:09 PM

    Great writing as usual, I love all the references. It’s amazing how much women do! Thank you for all of the amazing facts you put together!

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    macabeliam said:
    March 10, 2018 at 8:19 PM

    ❤ this! Equality matters today and women should be paid and acknowledged as much as men.

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    realryangray said:
    March 10, 2018 at 8:36 PM

    You make a great point that we’ve come a long way as a society, but we still have farther to go. But, all those facts listed above serve as a good reminder of how far women have come.

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    Nicolle said:
    March 15, 2018 at 3:27 AM

    Interesting post, Sonyo! I knew about the gender pay gap and there are more women than men getting degrees, but I didn’t know women initiate more divorces than men. I certainly learn something new every day. 😀

    We may not be in an ideal world with gender equality yet, but I have hope that we’ll get there one day. ❤️

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    Nidhi said:
    March 23, 2018 at 3:29 AM

    Excellent post👍

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