For women life is something that happens to them.
For men -- and here I mean the 20% or so who are dominant men, but those are the only men who count as men as far as women are concerned -- life is something that they make happen.
It's a fine difference, but it lens out into a major difference with time and repetition due the rewards of aggression. If you wait for life to happen to you, you are unlikely to accrue any wins beyond those that nature blesses you with due to biology. You can cheat a little here and there, but at the end of the equation small cheats don't accrue wins.
Ultimately this is why dominant men run the world.