Clearly, it is men who build kitchens.
In very old buildings, men just built things without a 100 considerations. I would find it difficult to reach things from the top shelf in the GMB, for example. In other words, 100 years ago, kitchens were designed by men, for men. Not on purpose, of course.
Later, women became in charge of their household spending and builders started building for their target audience. He who pays the piper…
A strategic error and failure to consider n-order consequences.