Female led countries tackled Covid-19 better , says study

Published Aug 20, 2020


In an effort to understand why female leaders may be well-positioned to combat the pandemic, the researchers dug into the qualities that female leaders share. They found that female leaders locked down their countries after fewer deaths than did their male counterparts.

However, some prominent scholars argue that the evidence is still very weak and could point to confirmation bias. They also questioned why Belgium, led by Sophie Wilmès, was notching up the world’s highest rate of Covid-19 deaths per million population for any country (other than a microstate in northern Italy).

"Our results clearly indicate that women leaders reacted more quickly and decisively in the face of potential fatalities. In almost all cases, they locked down earlier than male leaders in similar circumstances. While this may have longer-term economic implications, it has certainly helped these countries to save lives, as evidenced by the significantly lower number of deaths in these countries," said study co-author Supriya Garikipati, a developmental economist at Liverpool University,