The Milken Institute Future of Health Summit hosted a panel entitled Race, Gender, and Work: The Economics of Healthy Aging with a range of experts that discussed finances, caregiving, jobs, and more. The panel included Will Dow, Interim Dean of the School of Public Health.
“There is a conundrum when we speak about women’s health,” Dow said. “Women live, on average, much longer than men. But the gap between men and women has actually been declining. Women’s life expectancy is not growing as fast as men’s has been. Partly that’s due to the long arm of smoking decisions earlier on in the century, but we’re also very concerned that this has to do with the changing nature of women’s lives in our society today.”
He added, “One of the really interesting statistics, the canary in the coal mine, is that if we look at happiness statistics throughout the life course, what we are seeing is that earlier in the 20thcentury, women on average were happier than men. That is no longer true. It has sort of flipped.”