A new study suggests that people underestimate storms with female names. Hurricanes with female names have lead to on average five times more deaths than their male counterparts. According to researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign wrote in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, strong hurricanes with more feminine names the more people were killed in the aftermath which they concluded was due to people not evacuating in time. This statistic brings to mind Hurricane Katrina, would more people have evacuated if the hurricane was given a ‘tougher’ name. The National Hurricane Center began giving storms names in 1953 and male names in 1979. The center probably never considered gender stereotypes would play a factor for natural disasters, although a spokesman for the center, Dennis Feltgen said, “whether the name is Sam or Samantha people must heed evacuation orders.” The researchers also found that for less severe storms, the death was minimal and that there was no real difference between female and male storms.
Now, SwagHer wants to know what do you think about this study ? Let us know at @swaghermagazine with #hurricanegender .