Enormous strides in medical science and technology over the past 100 years have contributed significantly to a longer life span for women. In 1900, the average life expectancy for a woman was 48, while in 1998, a woman could expect to live to 79 years of age. Women grew more interested in personal fitness and taking care of their bodies as the century progressed. However, in assuming careers outside the home and competing in a “man’s world” professionally, women were forced to contend with greater levels of stress and the toll it took on their bodies. [more …]
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