Do Women Have Bigger Hearts Than Men?
Even though women over 50, across the board, earn less money than men and their younger counterparts . . . we give more. I guess our hearts grow bigger with each passing year.
The stunning study—Women Give 2012–was conducted by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. Boomer (and older) women gave a whopping 89% more of their total income to charity! Are we amazing, or what??
But why, you might be asking yourself, would a woman who could take that money (or part of it) and pay for some fab new shoes or a trip to Paris, instead give it to a charitable cause (hopefully she can also buy the shoes!!)? There are, according to the experts, a few reasons:
- We’re programmed to take care of kids, husbands, friends, parents, the world, so why wouldn’t we keep on giving?
- Women are more empathetic and can get more easily moved into action
- Men generally view charitable giving as a financial transaction, thinking about the tax write-off, whereas women are thinking about changing the world
- Women often get involved with and support (or event start) charities when they’ve had a personal experience connected to the charity (breast cancer, for example)
- Women are better at networking than men and the proliferation of social media has helped us to share information and stories related to charitable giving more easily, which is why the women’s philanthropic movement has been growing since the 1990s
- We’re just super cool
As a boomer babe, I was so proud to read the report and know that I am part of a huge (and growing) demographic that has a huge heart.
Do you give to charitable causes? And if so, why?