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Research Centre for
Women's and Infants' Health
 

About Women and Mothers

 

There are 10 million adult women in Canada (2000).

There are an estimated 106.7 million women aged 18 an over living in the United States (2001). The number of men 18 and over was 98.9 million. Women outnumbered men in every age group, from ages 25 and over and up. There were 141.1 females of all ages.

Native American Indian women have long been honoured with the name, "Life of the Nation" for their gift of motherhood to the tribes.

A Swiss study found that a majority of women unconsciously choose mates with a body odor that differs from their own natural scents, which, as a result, ensures better immune protection for their children.

Average life expectancy for a woman: 80.6 years, about 7 years longer than the average man.

In 2001, there were 3,795 people aged 100 years or older in Canada. Among these individuals, 3,055 were women and 740 were men.

The Assam, a tribe in Africa, don't call themselves families; they call themselves "maharis", or "motherhoods".

Multiple roles of women are linked with better health:

Employed, married women have the best health profile whether or not they have children.

Employed, unmarried women rank next, but those with children (single moms) have worse than those without children.

Unemployed women, married or unmarried, with and without children, have poorer health.

According to a survey, women prefer blue bedrooms more than other colours; men are happier with white bedrooms.

A Swiss study found that a majority of women unconcsciously choose mates with a body odour that differs from their own natural scents, which, as a result, ensures better immune protection for their children.

Ann Jarvis of Philadelphia began the campaign that brought about the official observance of Mother's Day in the U.S. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed the orders that made Mother's Day a national Holiday.

"My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my succedss in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her." George Washington

"As a mother, even at the risk of her own life, loves and protects her child, so let a man cultivate love without measure toward the whole world." Buddha

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