World leaders continue to employ effective strategies to curb the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has currently infected more than 6 million people globally, taking the life of more than 300,000 people. In assessing outcome of these coronavirus responses across several countries, researchers found there is an interesting correlation between the gender of a country’s leader and the overall coronavirus response outcome especially death rates.
The researchers ran statistical analyses on current coronavirus pandemic data, analyzing death rates across a total of 35 countries from December 31, 2019 to May 11, 2020. The findings from this meta-analysis show that countries with women in leadership suffered six times fewer deaths from COVID-19 than countries led by men. Furthermore, the study revealed that female-led governments flattened the epidemic curve much faster, using more effective measures than male-led governments.
Findings revealed that countries led by women had a common pattern to their coronavirus responses – early consultation with health experts and early implementation of strategies. In contrast, male-led countries typically downplayed the pandemic as an initial response, resulting in substantial delays in implementing life-saving strategies to combat the pandemic.
The study authors hope this study reveals how valuable women could be in leadership positions, and why countries that value gender equity, collaboration, and solidarity can integrate more women into leadership positions to create healthier communities.