It’s true – women ARE smarter than men

New research published this week has revealed that women are actually smarter than men. Tell us something we don’t know, says Periwinkle Jones.

By Periwinkle Jones 16/07/2012 13:19

A woman with a degreeAnother grenade has been launched into the battle that is the sexes; a new study published this week has revealed that women are smarter than men.

Since IQ testing began a century ago, women have generally lagged about five points behind men. However, after a recent spate of testing, James Flynn, a world-renowned authority on IQ tests concluded that not only are women smarter than men, our IQs are rising at a faster rate.


Of course women are smarter than men

One theory for this is that women have to be smarter than men to cope with modern life. Any woman who has struggled trying to get a flailing two-year-old into a pushchair (something akin to trying to strap down an angry octopus) while remembering phone, keys, handbag and patience could tell you that.

 Of course women are smarter than men: we have to be. We have far more heaped on our plates than men ever will.

While working a demanding job is, well, demanding, it allows you to be focused and operate with a certain amount of tunnel vision.  If your job is to go to work, make sure the kids are reasonably fed and clean, tackle the housework, walk the dog and maintain a complex social web all while memorising Cosmo’s latest sex tips and sporting a Kate Middleton blow-dry, you’re going to need a certain amount of brainpower to stop yourself from collapsing into a pile of dust.

A woman’s day is a myriad of complex problem-solving exercises; something bound to beef up your brain. Sorting our daily schedule is not too different from setting yourself a daily Sudoku challenge.

Some people might argue that this study is a fluke: “IQ tests are meaningless – they are skewed towards women. They are about what you already know. You can’t judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree” – but other studies have shown that women are now outperforming men in every aspect of education. Further studies have shown that women in their thirties are more likely to have degrees, careers and own their own home than their male counterparts.


Women also have better social skills than men

Studies have shown that women are also more emotionally intelligent and have better social skills than men. Something that makes us not only wonderful partners and mothers, but great bosses and friends too.

But this study shouldn’t be used as an opportunity to man-bash – it shows is that women are more intelligent than men, not better than men. It’s a sign of how far we’ve come in the last 100 years since the IQ test were introduced. 

Proof that with access to education, support and the ability to make lifestyle choices, women are able to live up to their potential and be the best that they can be.

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Periwinkle Jones has written for big name brands such as Cosmopolitan, Men's Health and Company both sides of the screen. Picked by Huffington Post as one of Twitter's funniest women she can most often be found there under the moniker @peachesanscream.

Follow Periwinkle Jones on Twitter @peachesanscream


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