Note the comparison is not with all other women, but other women who are regular gym-goers. Big difference. Being of "good" strength when the comparison set is women strength trainers probably puts you in the 95th percentile of all women, especially in the US.
Here's the relevant table. Read Gubermatrix's excellent post for further explanation, and also where the numbers came from. The percentages refer to percentages of body weight.
Table of strength standards for women
|Deadlift||125 %||175 %||225 %|
|Squat||100 %||125 %||175 %|
|Bench||50 %||75 %||100 %|
|Press||50 %||75 %||100 %|
|Pullups (dead hang)||1||10||20+|
So, how do I stack up, as of January 7, 2010?
Deadlift: a bit over "good" (135%)
Squat: comfortably under "good." I'd all it the "you've been lifting for how long?" zone (80%)
Bench: a shade under "excellent" (97%)
Press: a smidge over "good" (55%)
Pushups: very good
Dips: very good
Pullups: within sight of "very good" (8 reps, dead hang wide grip)
None of my numbers for the first four lifts refer to 1-rep maxes, which I don't like to do anymore.
In some sense, the chart tells me what I already knew: my squats are, in a word, pathetic. But it's nice to get some affirmation of what's possible, and also what I've already accomplished on the upper body lifts.
How about you? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? ...