Frailty, Thy Name is Woman?
Patty Freedson wrote a chapter titled “Muscle Strength and Endurance” in the 1994 book “Women and Sport: Interdisciplinary Perspectives” edited by D. Margaret Costa and Sharon Guthrie. In it, Freedson compared the relative strength of men and women.
In absolute numbers, men are stronger than women, particularly in the upper body. However, men’s superior strength comes from their body mass. Pound for pound, women’s legs are actually stronger than men’s, and the difference in upper-body strength isn’t as great as it initially appears.
“When leg press strength is expressed relative to lean body mass, female strength is slightly greater than male strength,” Freedson wrote (1). Women leg-pressed 110 percent of what men could leg-press per kilogram of lean body mass.
Freedson cited a multiple-regression analysis that found 97 percent of the gender difference in strength is a result of muscle mass.
“The findings strongly suggest that if training status is similar for each sex, muscle mass differences account for nearly all of the gender differences in strength,” Freedson reports (1).
With that in mind, much of the perceived strength difference between men and women is likely sociocultural. Traditionally, women have used less of their upper body than men, and as a result those muscles are underdeveloped. Women and girls are perceived as weaker than men, so they are not asked to use and develop their muscles. It’s a cyclical pattern, reinforcing a status quo that isn’t supported by physiology.
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