Why tools for women?
- A tool or piece of equipment should fit the user. Fit helps determine how well a tool works and how safe it is to use or operate.
- Women’s bodies are significantly different from men’s; we’re
not less than, but we are different. For example, women tend to
- 40-75% less upper-body strength
- 5-30% less lower-body strength
- Smaller stature
- More adipose tissue
- Narrower shoulders
- Wider hips
- Proportionally shorter legs & arms
- Smaller grips
- Based on these differences, a tool that works well for a man generally won’t work as well for a woman. Yet virtually all available tools and equipment were designed for men.
- This means that, while some tools work better for us than others, in general women have been using less-than-optimum tools and equipment for a long, long time. Sometimes that’s meant putting ourselves at increased risk of injury or disability. And though we’ve made do with what’s available, we can do even better with tools & equipment that fit us.
- With the marked increase in women farmers and gardeners , and the huge role women play in food production worldwide, the need for appropriate tools and equipment is greater than ever.
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