We may know who the fairest of them all is, but do you know the smarter sex? Turns out, it’s women.
IQ testing expert James Flynn, a world-renowned authority on IQ tests, collected data from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Estonia and Argentina on scores of a standard IQ test, called the Raven test. 500 men and women were tested from each country. In July 2012 he revealed the results, showing that women edged past men for the first time in 100 years. But, that’s not all. Women are smarter than their male counterparts in more ways than just brain power. Here are six ways we rule.
1. WOMEN ARE BETTER EDUCATED
Women surpassed men long ago in holding the most bachelor degrees. However, the 2008-2009 academic year was a significant one, when women earned 60 percent of all master degrees and roughly half of all doctoral degrees.
2. WOMEN ARE HEALTHIER
Call us hypochondriacs, over-reactors, or paranoid, but we’re still three times more likely to see a doctor on a consistent basis than men. This gives us an edge when it comes to preventative care like screenings and vaccinations. And, thanks to our natural estrogen, we have stronger immune systems to recover if we do get sick. No wonder we live longer!
3. WOMEN IN CONGRESS DELIVER
Although men still outrank women in Congress (360 men to 75 women in the House; 83 men to just 17 women in Senate) when we do get elected, we don’t just meet expectations, we surpass them. Case in point: Congressional women sponsor and co-sponsor more legislation and deliver more federal projects to their home districts than men.
4. WOMEN EAT HEALTHIER
With childhood obesity rates continually skyrocketing, there may be slightly more hope for young girls, as they are more likely to lose their junk food cravings as they get older. There’s also body image to consider, which girls become more aware of as their bodies start developing in adolescence. This is when they begin exercising more and eating healthier than boys.
5. WOMEN PROVIDE BETTER COMFORT
Think back to your childhood and when you would get hurt or earn a bad grade—did you seek consolation from Mom or Dad? That’s what we thought. In a 2010 study, consolation by a woman triggered a confidence boost in participants more so than men. This can be traced back to childhood where mothers tend to nurture their children more than fathers.
6. WOMEN KEEP THE LIFECYCLE GOING
You knew we were going to bring this up, didn’t you? Women still garner the ultimate gift of being able to bring life into this world. Without mothers, we wouldn’t have fathers.