Friday, August 1, 2014

A Few Statistics to Mull Over

A birthday trip to the local spa (my first time), as well as some frustrating familial health care issues, had me wondering this week—how does spending on women's health care research compare to spending on beauty and personal care items? After a bit of internet digging, I found the following statistics:

U.S. cosmetics and toiletries sales (2011): $38 billion

U.S. federal funding for women's health research (2012): $33.5 billion

And, just to tie this all in to the blog,

Annual spending on romance novels (2013): $1.08 billion

If you were in charge of the world, how would you proportion its budget for these three areas?

Romance novels: BookStats, via Romance Writers of America
Cosmetics and toiletries sales: The Beauty Company
Women's health research funding: Women's Health Research

Photo/Illustration credits:
Makeup: World Discount Cosmetics
Women & Health: Women's Health Research logo
Romance novel shelves: Jessica Luther's blog

1 comment:

  1. Interesting question!
    This makes me think of all the cosmetic companies and (others) that go all "Pink Ribbon" to support breast cancer research...and other women's health research (and men's health research, for that matter). And wonder how much of those sales actually get to a lab.
    Now I'll probably have to do my own research for my own blog post.