Blog – You might be Wrong to Say that Men are Better Decision Makers then Women

Decision making power is a factor that not only separate humans and animals, but it fashions a person’s frame of mind, character and ability to deliver.  However, this decision making aspect always circle a variety of influences before its adaptation, including fundamental values, societal sway, cultural shaping, and neuroscience.  Regrettably, there is another influence formed under some flawed beliefs of gender-superiority leading to patriarchy in various parts of the world.

Talking about concerns of men and women, it’s understood that they are mostly different and even contradictory to their respective needs. This necessitates representation for women to have a say in domestic and political issues. So, why is it that in developing countries men are said to be the decision makers of public and household matters than women who are not less equal to men. In many cases, especially in rural areas, women are not even allowed to speak until unless their husbands allow them too. Such scenario in families creates a usual outcome in which women are forced to abide by the decisions of their husband in every decision associated with them. Such complying only leads to reduced self-esteem in women; increased angst and depression, and a feel of being derisory themselves.

The stress and anxiety affiliated with decision making are assumed to be better handled by men than women; which is entirely wrong. Neurobiology denies this misconception by stating that mental capabilities have nothing to do with sex.  Instead, Ruud van den Bos, a neurobiologist at Radboud University of Netherlands produced a research that states that men are less focused under stress with their escalated heart rates and cortisol levels. They willingly take risks in order to produce immediate results while women on the other hand, takes more time to reflect on contingencies under stress.  They opt for minor wins rather than bigger ones in order to ensure consistency. [1] This cultural delusion of everyone expecting males to make the critical decisions to guarantee stability produces gender impartiality and complexities among women. In addition, people are now adapted to a routine of giving men the credit of everything and not the women.

It is time to acknowledge that there is no such biological argument to deny the right for women to make decisions. This is all made up by culturally embedded mindsets which, indeed, require an immediate transformation to bring equality. Providing an equal say to everybody devoid of gender-preference will lead to better decision making and equitable communal setup.


[1] R Van den Bos, M Harteveld, H Stoop Psychoneuroendocrinology 34 (10), 1449-1458