This is an indicator that strength alone isnt the answer to our question
Although weapons are superb equalizers (indeed, more equalizers than unarmed martial arts), and although women can defeat men in swordfights and in other weapons (HEMA tournaments are a HUGE (repeat: HUGE) testimony to that fact), at the end of the day, who is going to generally have the more powerful sword strike? Whos going to, generally speaking, have the more powerful club strike? Whos more likely to have the more powerful, more penetrating spear thrust? Whos going to generally be able to pull a bow back further? Keep in mind, though some bows can be equally utilized by both men and women, others, like the longbow and Mongol bow, require significant elbow grease to pull, with draw weights well over a hundred pounds (in some cases 200 pounds). Plus, the more you pull back on a bow, the farther you can send an arrow. There is a reason why the average draw weight for a modern bow is 35-45 pounds for men and 20-35 pounds for women.
True, some weapons are better equalizers than others.Read More »BTW: this fact has a major relation to weapons, in more ways than one