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Equality — it’s all the rage.

Actually, equity is.

But this story brings back the old-fashioned principal of opportunity being equal — where getting smashed is concerned.

On Monday, House of Representatives delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (District of Columbia ) announced a new bill requiring “gender equality in crash test dummies.”

Via a press release, Eleanor — chair of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit — said her proposal will mandate that car crash dummies be modeled after female as well as male bodies.

“The federal government only uses crash test dummies modeled on male bodies,” the notice states, “and car companies are not required to use dummies modeled on female bodies either.”

The Democrat pointed out that, in addition to height, “there are also other biological differences in anatomy…”

Those include posture and “average neck strength.”

Because tests “with the safety of women in mind” aren’t compulsory, Eleanor asserted, “women are at higher risk of injury and death in car crashes.”

Is she right?

Consumer Reports had something to say about it back in 2019.

“You might assume from its lack of distinguishing features that [a] crash test dummy is an avatar for all humanity,” the magazine began. But most mannequins used in safety tests “represent a very specific man.”

Furthermore, CR offered, “An average adult female crash test dummy simply does not exist.”

That, despite the reality of male and female bodies reacting differently to crashes.

But how do the sexes fare on the road?

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Highway Administration, men are more likely to speed and to drive under the influence, as well as not wear a seat belt.

And most Americans killed in auto accidents are indeed male.

However, females are more likely to die when injured in a crash.

There is a female model, but she’s a mini-man:

Regulators asked for a female dummy in 1980, and a group of automakers petitioned for one in 1996, but it took until 2003 for NHTSA to put one in the car. Even then, it’s just a

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