World’s Oldest Women Got That Way by Avoiding Men

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Emma Morano, 116, single and loving it.
Emma Morano, 116, single and loving it.Photo: OLIVIER MORIN

Last Thursday, the world’s oldest woman, Brooklynite Susannah Mushatt Jones, died at the age of 116.

Gladys Gough, a British woman who made it to 104, once said of her unusually old age, “I never got married or had a boyfriend either. That probably had something to do with it. I just couldn’t be bothered with men.”

Then there’s Scotland’s Jessie Gallan, who lived to be 109. “My secret to a long life has been staying away from men. They’re just more trouble than they’re worth,” Gallan shared.

And there’s no arguing with Leandra Becerra Lumbreras, a Mexican woman who died in 2015 at the age of 127 — making her the world’s longest-living known human. She said her impressively long life was due to never getting married. (Also, “chocolate” and “sleeping for days on end,” so she had it all figured out.)

They all make very compelling points.