Why Women Make Better Cops, Doctors and World Leaders

womenAsk any married couple which spouse remembers family birthdays, when the car is due for an oil change and the name of that great restaurant they went to last week, and chances are both will say it's the wife who serves as the pair's memory.

While many a wife may chalk this up to their husband's laziness, remembering detailed information may just be one of the many things that women naturally are better at than men, at least according to a new book called "Man Down: Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt that Women are Better Cops, Drivers, Gamblers, Spies, World Leaders, Beer Tasters, Hedge Fund Managers, and Just About Everything Else," by Dan (yep, he's a guy) Abrams, a legal analyst for NBC News and columnist for Men's Health magazine.

In his book, Abrams provides hundreds of studies and statistics to back up his claims that women best men in a lot of areas. Some -- like memory -- were already suspected, while others -- like driving -- were more surprising, considering the common view is to the contrary.

Yet perhaps some of the most surprising statistics in the book were those applicable to career. As the book's title mentions, studies show that women actually make better cops, hedge fund managers and world leaders, but also newscasters and doctors. Here's the proof, according to Abrams' research.

1. Police officers

A 2004 study on police brutality and corruption conducted at the University of Maribor in Slovenia found that female police officers were less tolerant of immoral behavior than their male counterparts. Additionally, out of the $66.3 million that Los Angeles had to pay in settlements for police-brutality lawsuits, nearly 96 percent were due to the actions of male officers.

2. Hedge fund managers

Yes, according to data appearing in Institutional Investor magazine, an international finance publication, women are the MVPs of this boys' club. The study, conducted by Hedge Fund Research, a firm that provides analysis on the industry, found that from January 2000 through May 2009, female hedge fund managers "produced average annualized returns of 9 percent, versus 5.82 percent for the men."

3. World leaders

The results of a survey on essential leadership skills conducted by the Pew Research Center overwhelmingly favored women. In the survey, 2,250 participants "ranked men or women as superior in eight different categories of political aptitude deemed 'very important or absolutely essential' to leadership.' " The results? Women came out on top in five of the eight categories, and tied men in two.

4. Newscasters

A 2008 study in Switzerland, in which subjects watched real newscasts and then filled out questionnaires on what they'd seen, showed that people perceived the news as more credible when it was read by a woman. That may have something to do with the fact that women now account for 64 percent of newscasters in Switzerland. In the U.S, more than 50 percent of newscasters are now women, compared to just 13 percent 30 years ago.

5. Doctors

A 2010 study by the American Medical Association found that male doctors were twice as likely to be sued as female doctors. Another study on medical performance by the British government found that out of all the doctors and dentists investigated for medical misconduct, only 20 percent of those required to go through a more thorough investigation were women.

One last thing that bodes well for women in the workforce? They also make better students. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, for every 100 men than graduate college, 185 women do. According to The National Survey of Student Engagement, a study conducted in 2005, this is due to the fact that women are less likely to skip class and turn in assignments late than men are, and they're also less likely to drop out.

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Kaitlin Madden is a writer and blogger for CareerBuilder.com and its job blog, The Work Buzz. She researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues. Follow @CareerBuilder on Twitter.

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David AuCoin

One thing I would causion women about. Pride goeth befor a fall. These days there isn't any shortage of male bashing. Even men seem to be rushing toanounce the inferiority of their own gender. Dan Abrams for example wants to ensure that the whole world knows how inferior his own gender is by publishing his book "Man Down"

but what does all this male bashing acomplish? It only sets women up for a fall because the good book says pride goeth before a fall. And such male bashing gives men an inferiority complex causing their self-esteem to fall which accomplish nothing of benefit for society. We need to stop claiming every thing good is feminne and everything bad is masquline.Perhaps the wiseth thing would be to get rid of the terms feminne and masquline .Lets stop the gender bashing which Kaitlin does.

July 12 2013 at 10:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David AuCoin

Here's the mistake that Kaitlin makes in her blog above. She shows lack of what most women claim they have more of than men which is empathy. she piles on all the good things about women cops while saying nothing good about male cops. what does she think the male reaction will be?Do not women complain that men make them feel inferior. Why then does she fail to understand that while she is building up her gender she is tearing down the male gender?She fails to realize that women have made alot of gains recently in the work place and women advancement in general but not without a fair share of help from males that want to help women gain equality and parity with males. But if she and so many other female supremicist continue
to bash men and come off sounding so very superior they run the risk of loosing males as alies. History teachers us that when people who think they are superior come into power they always either subjugate or exterminate those they regard as inferior. Therefor if males as a result of the way Kaitlin and so many other women blogers write give off the stench of female superiority alpha male will bear his fangs and turn on these female supremicist and women will loose males as their alies and turn them into enemies. So Kaitlin my advise to you be ever so careful not to sound as if you think your gender is superior least you unleash the fury of Alpha male aganist you and he will have to be aganist you for being for you with your attitude of female superiority is to cut his own throat. And besides she claims to be a journalist and Journalist should seek to be ballanced and not as one sided as Kaitlin appears to be in her blog above. Here's some good advice for women seeking to advocate for more women in leadership positions. Resist the temptation to list every conceiveable good human trait as if they are the exclusive domain of women as evidence for why we need more women in leadership roles and say it like this. "We need more women leaders not because women are superior but because women are different and their difference when added to male difference will make a great difference,and that difference will be that better decisions will be made than either gender will make alone." Therefor in the interest of better decissions we need parity between the genders.

February 21 2013 at 11:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David AuCoin

Its amazing Kaitlin shows a complete lack of empathy women claim they have so much more of than males in what she writes above. What good does telling the world that women are superior to men. Women claim they have empathy. But how much empathy is she displayoing by bashing men? How will it improve the world one iota to make men feel inferior. How is telling men that they are inferior going to improve anything. If men realy are inferior to women than how come women claim men have subjugated or dominated them. The inferior can not dominate the superior. If the proof is in the pudding test was applied to which gender is superior the male gender would win hands down.

February 20 2013 at 9:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

" Additionally, out of the $66.3 million that Los Angeles had to pay in settlements for police-brutality lawsuits, nearly 96 percent were due to the actions of male officers." What a surprise considering men make up more than 80% of the LAPD. Such a ridiculous stat to try and prove why women are better cops.

November 28 2012 at 1:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Yummy Prosciutto

Utter PC non-sense.

November 05 2012 at 1:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is also written by a female scientist who read the book and offered a comment on Amazon:
"Although I am finding Man Down quite fun to read, I also find myself with a frequent desire to throw my e-reader across the room or shake the author while screaming at him "Use primary sources!" or "Do you have any comprehension of the way in which research does and doesn't work?"

I suspect that my problem is that as a scientist I have been taught that the quality of the research is important in its interpretation, and as a lawyer Dan Abrams has been taught that you can make any case if you can simply find a precedent.

Why am I rating the book a three? Well, on the scale of fun to read it's a 5, but on the scale of quality reporting... I give it a 1.

I will say this, while I would never write in an actual book, one of the benefits of the e-reader is that I get to make as many nasty comments as I want in the margins without permanently defacing anything. :) " http://www.amazon.com/Man-Down-Reasonable-Gamblers-Everything/product-reviews/0810998297/ref=cm_cr_dp_all_helpful?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

June 18 2011 at 5:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Here are some of the reviews of this book (no more than 3 stars of 5):
"Great read if you don't take it too seriously...reviewers who are complaining that the author's "evidence" isn't rigorously scientific are missing the point: he wrote this to stir discussion and make money, not to prove anything serious."
"Sort of written tongue in cheek, certainly for a quick buck, and the 'scientific' nature of the studies are questionable at best. "
"A good read that will hopefully get you believing women are making progress in society! " (a far cry from being "better".
"OF COURSE this is partially a humor book! The title alone should clue you into that."
"Abrams bases all of his conclusions on the logical fallacy of arguing from the specific to the general. Moreover, it's no wonder that he is in his midforties and unmarried: He's humorless"
"About a half dozen books on "men" come out every month now. By definition, these books denigrate men. In fact, all discourse on the subject of "men" is negative. If it were not, that would be seen as problematic. And yet, amazingly, each new "men are bad" book is treated as a revelation, as groundbreaking new research, even though these books merely echo the same message from TV, the college curriculum, academic research etc. Books like Abrams' masterwork, along with the just-published Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys, back up their points with anecdotes, shockingly thin statistical evidence, and low-key ranting. Junk science books like The Male Brain, Why Men Never Remember and Women Never Forget, or Woman: An Intimate Geography, are often brazen enough to cite irrelevant research as evidence and to blatantly distort the currency of scientific opinion. "

June 18 2011 at 5:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So, if we take this hypothesis to its logical end, and we accept that women do 5 jobs better than men (although "better" is really not well defined in this article), must we assume that men outperform them in all the other professions?

June 18 2011 at 1:10 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Here's a quick example: A few days ago in Tucson, a child molester was shot and killed by four cops. The cops were put on standard administrative leave, and their names were published in the article. I recognized the last name of one of the cops as the same name as this lady whose husband is the police captain. Anyway, she confirmed that one of the cops was her brother. She said that another one of the shooter cops was a female cop that almost killed her brother. She said that the female cop is a big problem on the force, and that she shot at the child molester through a car window that almost struck her brother. In short, she, and many other female police officers, are dangerous when handling their weapons or driving their cars at high speeds. In general, women are not as mechanically inclined as males, so any job that requires a lot of physical mechanics, women GENERALLY, will not perform as adeptly as men. The best race car drivers, soldiers, police officers, doctors, athletes, magicians, etc.. are males. I'm sorry, you just can't fight what nature gave each gender. Now, as far as being better at something due to moral and ethical decisions, well, that's another matter that depends on a person's individual characteristics, and not gender. How dare they say that women are more ethical than men.

June 18 2011 at 1:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Men are being feminized.
Women are taking masculine rolls.
Why don't we just let the men be the men and the women be the women?
Women can never compare to men in masculine rolls and,
men can certainly never be mothers.
Can we "go green" and rejoin the natural course of our own nature and do the natural thing?
It is after all, the only really true course for our species.

June 18 2011 at 10:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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