A case study found that claims women leaders handled the pandemic better and how researchers studied death tolls, if leaders took decisive action to lock down, and whether or not “clear communication styles” were deployed. They concluded that women-led countries are measurably better off. “Our findings show that COVID-outcomes are systematically and significantly better in countries led by women and, to some extent, this may be explained by the proactive policy responses they adopted,” they wrote in their World Economic Forum blog post. Evidence suggesting women make for better, more compassionate leaders has come to the forefront of political discourse in recent years, and even more so during the pandemic. “female-led countries have fared better in terms of absolute number of COVID-cases and deaths, with male-led countries having nearly double the number of deaths.”