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People who proved that they are heroes

Actions made to aid others, even if they may result in the helper’s death or harm, are referred to as heroism. The authors look at female and male heroism in two exceedingly risky scenarios: emergency situations where Carnegie medalists saved others and the Holocaust, where some non-Jews risked their lives to save Jews. Living kidney donations, volunteering for the Peace Corps, and volunteering for Doctors of the World are three risky but less dangerous prosocial behaviors considered by the writers. Despite the fact that the Carnegie medalists were disproportionately men, the other actions resulted in female representations that were at least equal to, if not greater than, those of men. These findings have significant consequences for heroism and gender psychology.

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