Which Sex is the Smartest?

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

July 19, 2012

Women are smarter than men.

At least that's what the newest data from IQ testing shows. According to James Flynn, a world renowned expert on IQ testing, for the first time ever women are now scoring higher than men on the tests.

"I think we're stronger now than we were. And we don't dumb it up anymore just because we're a girl. We are who we are now. And we're smart," said Mary Fannin, owner of Chelsea's Salon and Day Spa in Tallahassee.

On average, women have lagged behind men by as much as five points. Flynn believes women historically scored lower because they did not have the same educational and professional opportunities as men. Women say this is a long time coming.

"I think that we're finally getting acknowledged for all our hard work. We're more than just our bodies and our duties. We are our brains as well," said Miranda Jones.

Surprisingly, men are proving they're pretty smart, too. They didn't want to argue the results. They did, however, try to add a bit of humor to the situation.

"There's no doubt about it. Women are smarter. That's why my wife married me," said Ley Rudd, a Tallahassee resident.

"I think women are smarter in general. But, I don't think they're as smart as I am," said Robert Barber, a Bristol, FL resident.

"Women are smarter. I have ten daughters and a wife and they're all smarter than I am, for sure," said Henry Fleck, a Tallahassee Resident.

Flynn looked at scores from men and women in Western Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand, Estonia, and Argentina.

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July 19, 2012 - Noon -

It's a debate that's been battling for years. Who is smarter: men or women? Eyewitness News Reporter Jacquie Slater has some interesting new data aimed at settling this one and for all.

IQ testing began back in 1905. That's according to one researcher in New Zealand. He just released findings that, for the first time since then, women are now scoring higher than men on those tests. It's a trend, he says, that is a sign of the times.

In past years, women have typically trailed behind men by five points. IQ tests are considered to be a fairly accurate measurement of education, according to his study. He says while both men and women's scores are on the rise, it's the women who are pulling out ahead. He says he needs to conduct some further studies as to why this is happening, but believes it's because women used to be limited in their professional and educational opportunities. As women are given equal opportunity, their intellectual capacity is coming to light. With all the new technology, he says our brains are adjusting, thus making us a little smarter.


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