Happiness is - Being a Woman
An international study has suggested that
women spend less time in office, are better educated, live longer and are generally happier than their male
Across the world's most advanced countries men work longer hours and earn higher wages but have a lower life
expectancy, are more stressed and are more often exposed to danger.
In contrast, women are increasingly enjoying a higher standard of education than men and rank higher on measures of
happiness. But women still spend more than twice as
long as men doing housework, the
The pattern emerges from an online index pulling together information about everything from health, crime and
income levels to "work-life balance" across the 34 countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and
Overall Australia is ranked as the world's happiest nation according to the
OECD's "Better Life Index". US ranks third
while the UK takes eleventh position, ahead of France, Germany and
For the first time the data has been broken down not just along national lines but also by age and
It shows that while men are still slightly more likely than women to have a secondary education, the pattern is
reversed among the young with women outperforming men.
In the workplace 59 per cent of women had jobs, including part-time work, compared with 72 per cent of
Meanwhile in the
United Kingdom three quarters of men are in paid work, compared with 65 per cent of
women. Male employees are almost three times as
likely to be classed as working "very long hours" as their female counterparts.
Although men do report slightly better health than women overall, they still lag behind women in life expectancy by
a full six years across the OECD.
In Britain life expectancy from birth stands at around 80 years, with women still generally expected to outlive men
by three years.
When it comes to safety and security, men are 15 per cent more likely to have been mugged or assaulted than
Meanwhile murder rates for men run at three killings for every 100,000 compared with one per 100,000 among
Nevertheless women feel less safe than men overall.
Despite strides towards greater gender equality, women across the
OECD spend an average of 279 minutes per day cooking, cleaning or caring for
children or the elderly against only 131 for men - a difference of two and a half hours.
But despite the disparities, when official measures of "happiness" are combined women report slightly higher
measures of "life satisfaction" than men.
"Much has been said and written about the need for greater gender equality, but it is a rather complex picture,"
the researchers noted.
Could it perhaps be that women have other means of venting
their frustrations? Ed. (Male)