An annual poll by Gallup suggests that women, on average worldwide, have been getting angrier over the past 10 years.

Why might this be?

According to a BBC analysis of 10 years of data from the Gallup World Poll, women are getting angrier.

Every year the poll surveys more than 120,000 people in more than 150 countries asking, among other things, what emotions they felt for a lot of the previous day.

When it comes to negative feelings in particular - anger, sadness, stress and worry - women consistently report feeling these more
frequently than men.

The BBC's analysis has found that since 2012 more women than men report feeling sadness and worry, though both genders have been steadily trending upwards.

When it comes to anger and stress however, the gap with men is widening.

In 2012 both genders reported anger and stress at similar levels.

Nine years later women are angrier - by a margin of six percentage points - and more stressed too.

And there was a particular divergence around the time of the pandemic.

In some countries the difference in the number of women and men who say they felt anger the previous day is much higher than the global

In Cambodia, the gap was 17 percentage points in 2021 while in India and Pakistan it was 12.

Psychiatrist Dr Lakshmi Vijayakumar believes this is the result of tensions that have emerged as more women in these countries have become educated, employed and economically independent.



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