Who’s Smarter — Men or Women? [POLL]
For the past century, women haven’t done as well as men on IQ tests, lagging behind by as much as five points. But it seems all that has changed — the fairer sex is now getting higher scores than guys are.
James Flynn, a world-renowned expert in IQ testing, thinks the higher women’s scores are “a consequence of modernity. The complexity of the modern world is making our brains adapt and raising our IQ.”
Both women and men have tested better in recent years, but Flynn believes the demands of juggling family life and a career might be why the ladies’ scores have jumped so much.
“The brains of modern people are growing differently and showing increased cognitive complexity, which we measure as increases in IQ,” he said. “This improvement is more marked for women than for men because they were disadvantaged in the past.”
Helena Jamieson, 33, who works while her husband is a stay-at-home dad, has another theory: “I think women probably always knew deep down that they were the more intelligent ones — but as the gentler sex we were quiet about it and let men continue to believe they ruled the world.”