A woman at the wheel – a proven better choice

An acquaintance recently asked himself a driver to whom I commented you were not a “girl”. The answer was “not for women”. I had my mouth open.

After all, these “woman at the wheel” jokes must have been heard for as long as cars have been in traffic, but I didn’t think anyone would think women were worse drivers. The statistics also show the exact opposite.

If a driver’s superiority is measured by the number of accidents, traffic violations, and compensation claims, the woman at the wheel jokes are out of date. In Finland, men drive twice as many crashes as women and are on average more serious. Male drivers die in accidents five times more than female drivers. The larger mileage of men does not explain all the differences.

Reflecting on the statistics for the next few years, my acquaintance’s “not for women” comment went deep into emotions, and when I answered “wtf” and the answer “internal feminist triggered” went even deeper into emotions. Indeed, this feminist pulled the bolts!

Traffic is not the only place where men are considered better, but a glimpse into the statistics says otherwise.

“According to statistics, in 2019, the stock choices of female investors returned 24 percent, while the choices of men were half of that, 12 percent.”

According to statistics, in 2019, the stock choices of female investors returned 24 percent while the corresponding choices of men were half of that, 12 percent. The year was not exceptional, as a year earlier women also beat men. It is therefore interesting to wait for the 2020 statistics and how exceptional circumstances treat investors.

What does it mean that, in reality, risk aversion is a way to achieve a better outcome on average? In investing, return and risk go hand in hand, but is the key to successfully finding the golden mean and avoiding unnecessary risks? If you don’t take any risk at all (go to the road and the stock market), you can’t move forward and if you take too much risk, it’s easier to find the bottom of the ditch than the highway?

“Terrafame found women to be particularly desirable drivers for forestry machine sticks because of the longer lifespan of women-driven machines.”

At Terrafame, women were found to be particularly desirable drivers for forestry machine sticks, as women treat machines more gently, resulting in significantly longer machine life than men handling.

If the price of one Ponsse is roughly half a million euros, it can be concluded that investing in a female driver is worth it.

I am currently studying to be a forest machine operator at a forestry school and if I look around the canteen, the number of women can be counted with the fingers of one hand.

For myself, the industry didn’t feel particularly masculine – until I started school and heard from many directions that “Wow, brave!”. Sure, in the old imagery, lumberjacks are cranky flannel-bearded beards with Finnish horses in a snowy forest, but in reality, transporting a forest machine doesn’t require force any more than opening a cucumber jar.

Ponsse’s booth features Iron Man, which utilizes the latest technology, rather than Captain America, which uses brisk muscle power.

When I started investing in 2014, there were only two women of retirement age in addition to my investment transactions. In this short time, it has been infinitely cool to notice the rise of women. I hope for a similar rush for the forest industry and a couple of machines because there can never be too many examples of skipping obvious choices. Of course, I hope for the same courage in the other direction.

When I may raise my children sometime in the future, I hope to be able to raise people who can look beyond traditional gender stereotypes and dare to choose areas and hobbies that genuinely interest them, rather than those to which society picks them up from light blue and red gender reveal parties. trying to control.

I’m going to have a party where the poster solemnly reads “it’s a baby, not a burrito!”.

“What are all the sectors considered masculine, where hiring a woman brings more savings, better returns, and fewer accidents?”

After all, what are all the sectors considered masculine where hiring a woman would bring more savings, better returns, and fewer accidents if you just dared to let go of stereotypical imagery and hire the best expert, without staring at sex and prejudice?

At some point, I still have to ask an acquaintance whether he would still be a driver when the driver’s professional qualifications could be found in the back pocket, or whether it was still the case that the woman did not visit.

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