Women are such interesting and complex creatures, it’s no wonder that our habits, bodies, minds and emotions are examined, analyzed and measured in all different ways by some pretty smart people.

Just this week the results of several studies about women were released and we’re giving you the highlights of what they each reveal about our financial know how, breast health, drinking habits and workin’ 9 to 5.

Finance: Who’s The Money Boss?

A Prudential poll of 1,250 American women found that women are more involved than ever in their households’ investment and financial decision-making. In fact, 95% of women are the financial decision-makers in their households. But, most of women polled (86%) believe that they do not know how to choose financial products. [read full study here]

Health: Thicker Does Not Mean Sicker

A National Cancer Institute study tracked more than 9,000 women with a confirmed diagnosis of breast cancer and concluded that although high mammographic breast density has been a well-established risk factor for developing breast cancer, breast cancer patients with high-density breasts did not have a higher risk of death from breast cancer than patients with lower density breasts. [read NCI press release here]

Lifestyle: Husbands Drive Us To Drink

A University of Cincinnati study that covered a 47-year period in the lives of 5,000 Wisconsin residents finds that married women are more likely to drink alcohol than their unmarried counterparts – single, divorced, or widowed. The study results suggest that women’s increased drinking after marriage might be an attempt to match their husband’s habits. [full story as reported by the NY Daily News here]

Motherhood: Hey Moms, Work Is Good For You

After studying 2,540 women who became mothers between 1978 and 1995, new research from University of Akron Assistant Sociology Professor Adrianne Frech finds that moms who work full time are healthier (mentally and physically) at age 40 than stay-at-home moms, moms who work part time, or moms who have some work history, but are repeatedly unemployed. [full story here]