Planet Earth is becoming one gigantic, spherical sausage fest.
How did this happen?
According to the data Quartz gathered from the World Bank and the United Nations, the gap has widened at least partially because some cultures and countries prefer sons over daughters.
“The preference for sons in India and China is driving the trend,” the report reads.
China and India share a commonality: they’re both countries where gender selective abortions and female infanticide are or were widespread.
China has about 50 million more men than women, and India has 43 million more men than women, which accounts for 76% of the worldwide male surplus.
Here in the United States, we’ve seen an increase in women’s share of the population from the 1960s onward, with a slight move toward a more balanced population in recent years. This is attributable to the difference in life expectancy between men and women, which had widened after 1960 but then narrowed again when us men stopped smoking and drinking like Don Draper.