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COVID-19: Countries led by women have NOT fared significantly better in the pandemic


#Countries led by women have NOT fared significantly better in the COVID-19 pandemic than those led by men, study finds

  • US and UK experts compared data on COVID-19 mortalities across 175 countries
  • #Of these nations, 16 are led by women and 159 are governed by male leaders
  • The team found no statistically significant difference in response between these
  • #Instead, media bias toward developed nations has skewed perceptions, they said
  • #This has highlighted certain successful women leaders — like #Ardern and #Merkel
  • The responses of male leaders like #Vietnam’s have been overlooked, they added

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#National responses to the coronavirus pandemic have not been significantly more successful in those countries led by women, in comparison to men, a study claimed.

US and UK researchers analysed the number of deaths from COVID-19 in 175 countries during the opening months of the pandemic.

The team found that there was not statistically significant support for the notion that women leaders universally handled the pandemic better.

#Instead, they argued, pandemic outcomes are likely dependent on a variety of other factors — including country-specific cultural values.

The notion that women-led countries have fared better is the result of inherent media biases, the researchers proposed.

#This has amplified the success of certain women leaders in prominent, developed countries — such as #New #Zealand’s #Jacinda #Arden and #Germany’s #Angela #Merkel.

#Meanwhile, this bias has emphasised the less successful outcomes of prominent nations like the UK and the US, whose leaders, #Johnson and #Trump, are men.

#Situations in other countries — like #Vietnam, where the male PM #Nguyễn #Xuân #Phúc has kept COVID-19 deaths to fewer than 40 — have been overlooked, the team said.

#National responses to the coronavirus pandemic have not been significantly more successful in those countries led by women, in comparison to men, a study claimed. #Pictured, #New #Zealand #Prime #Minister #Jacinda #Ardern, who has been praised for her handling of COVID-19

The study was conducted by political scientist #Leah #Windsor of the #University of #Memphis, #Tennessee, and colleagues.

‘#Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have suggested that countries led by women have fared better than those led by men,’ they wrote.

‘#For example, #New #Zealand’s #Prime #Minister #Jacinda #Ardern’s success in “flattening the curve” attracted initial attention and speculation about the role of leader gender in mitigating the deleterious effects of the pandemic.’

‘#Iceland has garnered similar praise. #Recently released scholarly analyses also suggest countries led by women have six times fewer deaths than those led by men.’

#In their study, #Professor #Windsor and colleagues analysed deaths from COVID-19 in 175 countries over the first four months following the local ‘start’ of the pandemic.

They ran these figures three times — first treating this ‘start’ as the first reported case, then the first recorded death and finally when the death toll from the coronavirus had exceeded 1 million individuals.

The team cautioned, however, that the available number of women-led countries at present — 16, in total — provided a limited sample from which to draw conclusions.

‘#While some women chief executives have shown impressive governance during the #Covid-19 crisis, this has not translated to statistically significant differences in decreasing the number of cases or deaths in their countries,’ the team concluded.

‘#While we find some limited support for lower reported fatality rates in countries led by women, they are not statistically significant.’

‘#Country cultural values offer more substantive explanation for COVID-19 outcomes.’

The full findings of the study were published in the journal PLOS ONE.

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