According to some random website I googled, the average height for an adult female in America is 5'4". I won't get into numbers, but suffice to say, I'm shorter than that.
During residency, we took a photo of all the residents together. When the picture was sent out, I was shocked to discover that I was the shortest resident. I had no idea. There were residents who I had thought were about the same height as me, but were clearly taller in the photo. Granted, I was wearing flat shoes, but still.
I had several attendings in residency who were quite tall, like well over six feet. It seems odd that a very small person and a very tall person could even be of the same species. I felt like if I somehow mated with these tall men, we'd produce offspring that were sterile or something. And when I worked with them, especially since they were supervising me, I always felt very childlike. Maybe it's a holdover from childhood, but I often feel like someone who is taller than me must therefore know more than I do.
I wonder if taller women are more successful than shorter women. CNN says yes. Plus, taller women don't have to pay like ten bucks each to get all their pants legs hemmed. That said, at least I've never had to date a guy who was shorter than me (a fate worse than death).
For some reason, my kids are really tall though, both in the 90+%tile for height. When my daughter was two years old, I was rotating with a pediatric orthopedic surgeon who had a chart to calculate adult height for females based on height at two years old. Her projected height was 5'11"! Yikes.