Are Women Smarter Than Men?
Well, what do the studies say?
Females are smarter than males, that is, until they get into college and start feeling otherwise, a study by EngineeringDegree shows. The statement is no doubt confusing, but that can pretty much explain why there are so few women taking up science or math-related professions and why, according to the University of California, only 9.7% of board seats in 2011 were occupied by women. So, if girls are really all that smarter than boys when they’re younger, why and how does the change in interest happen?
“In a Room of 25 Engineers, Only Three Will Be Women”
At seven years old, the average IQ of girls hit 101 and they tended to take more science and math classes as the years progressed, allowing them to get higher grades, EngineeringDegree said.
Seven-year-old boys recorded an average IQ of 99.5. As the kids entered high school and interests started to change, what with media exposure and a wider understanding of societal dynamics, girls began to lose confidence in their abilities and self-esteem dropped.
In fact, the study found that in tests where gender was not asked to be specified, girls tended to score higher compared to tests where participants had to indicate whether they were male or female. These questions continue into college, with fewer women wanting to venture into the math and science majors. Eventually, only around 20% of females end up in math, science or technology fields.
UC Davis published a similar research report, which showed that women accounted for just 9.2% of the nearly 2,000 highest-paid corporate executives among 400 of the largest companies polled. Of the firms, no company had a board or executive team that was made up entirely of females, or even had a balance of genders. Over 40% of the 136 firms that had no women execs were involved in high technology.
The Rise of the Motivated Female
Through the years, the female empowerment movement played a major role in transforming women into early-marrying types who wouldn’t bother going to college into headstrong, self-sufficient individuals who are raring to get one or two four-year bachelor’s degrees to their names.
In 2006, a study published in the American Sociological Review showed while boys and girls had the same likelihood of enrolling into a four-year university program, 63% of the girls had actually completed it compared to just 55% of the boys. In a related National Education Longitudinal Study of students through the year 1992 to 2000, 55% of those signing up for 4-year colleges were female.
In the same year, Harvard saw 55% of females graduating with honors, in contrast with barely half of its male graduates. At Florida Atlantic University, 64% of the graduates were women, 75% of whom were of the honors degrees and 79% finished with summa cum laude.
While men were always considered the dominant figure in the household, women have started breaking out of their domestic roles. It’s not the men’s work and success strategies that changed — it’s the women who have stepped up.
To further strengthen the case, a very recent article published in Forbes Magazine found that when asked to rate senior management executives on 16 leadership competencies, women did better than the men in all but one, 12 of which had women gaining by a great margin. The study was based on 7,280 leaders.
What Does This Prove, Really?
For most of us, knowing that women innately have higher IQs than men is a great source of comfort, but there really isn’t much to the knowledge unless the talent is materialized. While we can easily blame how we are raised by society to be meek and subservient individuals, we no longer live in the old ages and have all resources at our disposal to elevate the status of females as, yes, the smarter sex.
This is a wonderful time to be a woman. Let’s use these resources and take ourselves to the next and highest level, shall we?
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