Why Women Finally Have Higher IQs than Men

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Damir Cudic

Given that women have long outnumbered men on college campuses and hold more advanced degrees than their male counterparts, it makes sense that they would also score higher on IQ tests. But for the last 100 years, they’ve lagged behind men by as much as five points—although their scores have been rising.

Finally, according to IQ expert James Flynn, women have closed the IQ gap and are in fact scoring higher than men, reports the Telegraph.

IQ — or intelligence quotient — the most widely used measure of intelligence and is determined based on one’s deviation from the average IQ score of a certain age group. It’s thought to be a product of both environmental and hereditary factors, and is a statistically reliable predictor of future educational achievement, job performance and income. But the reasons for demographic differences in IQ — for example, between races or genders — have long been widely debated.

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There are many possible reasons that women finally surpassed men in IQ after a century of falling behind, according to Flynn, who is writing a book about IQ and gender.

One theory is that women have always been capable of scoring higher but, because of discriminatory gender socializing, never realized their own potential. Gender-based differences in education, upbringing and social roles have historically set the bar lower for women.

“This improvement is more marked for women than for men because they were disadvantaged in the past,” Flint told the Telegraph.

Now if only women could close in on that pesky wage gap.

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41 comments
Shooshsymoomoo
Shooshsymoomoo

This wasn't an actual  published study . It was just some activist "researcher"

All actual published studies show women's IQs are much lower than men. even when all other factors are removed.

ThomasAllen
ThomasAllen

Sorry, women didn't earn anything, these tests have been altered to be easier for women, and men are discriminated against in education, so it is no surprise that a supremacist group does better then those they oppress.

Hibernia86
Hibernia86

I can only imagine the outrage if someone had suggested that men naturally have higher IQs than women...

MarcSpector
MarcSpector

I believe that women ARE for the most part, smarter than us guys based on factors like emotional intelligence and also they are not as distracted by sex as we are in school and in other intellectual environments.In addition, they have probably more patience and self control than we do. Not to say though that there aren't some very smart guys(Einstein, Kennedy,etc.)! ANd I dont consider myself to be a feminist, by the way, by any stretch of the imagination. :)

KennethThompson
KennethThompson

I.Q. Tests are not a measure of intelligence... It is the measure at which one absorbs information and learns. This article is a bit misleading.

toaderflorin
toaderflorin

@KennethThompson IQ is a measure of how good you are at IQ tests. I usually score above 140, but I've taken a few so I have gotten better at them. 

The notion that women's (or men's for that matter) intelligence increased is absurd. That takes hundreds of thousands of years of evolution.  

ThomasAllen
ThomasAllen

@KennethThompson Well, common sense should tell you that if women outnumber men 2-1 in education, then they are goign to have better scores. All women have done is proven they cannot beat men unless they oppress men.

davidleko39
davidleko39

SORRY, BUT THIS IS FACTUALLY AND SCIENTIFICALLY WRONG.

No doubt Time as always is motivated by social engineering by their globalist owners/investors (subjugate male power and empower females as men represent a bigger threat to the world government agenda, being more inclined to view tyranny/authority as an alpha male threat while women are more inclined to view it as a protector and are less inclined to break the rules.)

Here's large undeniable statistical analysis showing men have higher IQs.

http://www.iqcomparisonsite.com/sexdifferences.aspx

RipleySawzen
RipleySawzen

@multiasbestas For decades, liberal feminism pushed to make IQ tests "more equal" for women. In other words, the science pushed to make the tests give women an advantage. The current state of affairs is nothing more than a reflection of that advantage.

multiasbestas
multiasbestas

@davidleko39 Some people just can't take the fact that women are smartening up and not taking their crap anymore. Women weren't even seen as equals but as property thus not educated. Women had to fight for their rights for equality and continue to fight because attention always goes to the guy. Men don't even go to university anymore they just look for the easy way out. Women have been treated like second class citizens and continue to be treated as such because of masculine males inability to share the limelight with masculine females. 

hrj1128
hrj1128

@davidleko39 Ummm... the information cited for that site is from 2004- and that's the latest. The actual publishing of the article was in 2007. A lot can happen in 7 years. Find a better source. Derp

ThomasAllen
ThomasAllen

@hrj1128 @davidleko39 OMG, thank you for showing how terrible your feminist logic is. Do you have the first clue on how studies are conducted, why they need to be peer reviewed and how it is important to cite contradicting studies, regardless of the date? No, you aren't that smart, or your would be a Humanist and not a Feminist.

ThomasAllen
ThomasAllen

@multiasbestas @davidleko39 Women have never been oppressed, women have owned land, and had power many time in history. There are no laws that oppressed women, women have never been oppressed, and you cannot prove that they have been.

davidleko39
davidleko39

Wrong. Men are the ones with the highest IQs, this is a statistical fact.

Girls do better in school, because they're less distracted by the opposite sex and they don't view intelligence as uncool to the same degree as macho boys. Also, they're less lazy, work harder and receive more encouragement.
Importantly, they develop faster than boys.
After school, men overall outperform women in IQ-oriented fields like science, maths, VFX etc.

the IQ distributions between the sexes is different.
Women are more grouped around the average whereas men are more spread across the spectrum, thus you get more stupid men than women but also many more highly intelligent men than women. This makes evolutionary sense as the bigger the differences between males, the easier it is for women to select the top mates, also the best selected from a spread-out group will be much more intelligent than the best selected from an average group, hence humanity's intellectual evolution advances more quickly in theory all things being equal.


The reason that there are so many misandrist propaganda misinformation pieces like this is that the globalist elite that own the media have been pushing feminism. This is because men are the biggest threat to their control of the populations. In every takeover or suppression of an enemy throughout history the men were taken out first. Men are more likely to view totalitarian authority as an alpha male threat whereas women are more likely to view it as a protector (related to women liking the 'bad boys'). Men are thus more likely to challenge authority and are physically more dangerous.

This test is obviously flawed

ThomasAllen
ThomasAllen

@davidleko39 Incorrect it has been proven that the 85% female staff discriminates against men by giving them lower grades. Men are still the majority of geniuses and top performers. Regardless of education scores, men still do better then women in the world of intellect. They test better, and more studies how men have higher IQ the the opposite. Men are being given lower grades then they deserve, dropping out, going to jail, living unemployed, getting killed, and committing suicide.  There is not many for women to compete with, yet we still do better then they do. The fact are incontrovertible, women discriminate against men in education.

Tandernotion
Tandernotion

Check your facts please:

In July 2012, several media outlets reported Flynn as claiming that women had, for the first time in a century, surpassed men on IQ tests based on a study he conducted in 2010.[18][19] However, Flynn announced that the media had seriously distorted his results and went beyond his claims, revealing that he had instead discovered that the differences between men and women on one particular test, the Raven's Progressive Matrices, had become minimal in five modernised nations (whereas before 1982 women had scored significantly lower). Women, he argued, caught up to men in these nations as a result of exposure to modernity by entering the professions and being allowed greater educational access. Therefore, he claimed, when a total account of the Flynn Effect is considered, women's closing the gap had moved them up in IQ slightly faster than men as a result. Flynn had previously documented this same trend among ethnic minorities and other disadvantaged groups. According to Flynn, the sexes are "dead equal on cognitive factors . . . in their ability to deal with using logic on the abstract problems of Raven's," but that temperamental differences in the way boys and girls take the tests likely account for the tiny variations in mean scores, rather than any difference in intellectual ability.[19]

davidleko39
davidleko39

@TandernotionTrue but it's a fact that the highest Iqs are men. In any unbiased large scale test, the highest and the lowest IQs are men.

Women are more grouped around the average whereas men are more spread across the spectrum, thus you get more stupid men than women but also many more highly intelligent men than women. This makes evolutionary sense as the bigger the differences between males, the easier it is for women to select the top mates, also the best selected from a spread-out group will be much more intelligent than the best selected from an average group, hence humanity's intellectual evolution advances more quickly in theory all things being equal.

aybabtu104
aybabtu104

Hasn't this been known for some time? I've seen a few pieces of scientific literature that suggest women have a higher average IQ, but that men have higher variance, so that the ends of the bell curve (the very smart and the very stupid) tend to be men.

ThomasAllen
ThomasAllen

@aybabtu104 No Time magazine is misrepresenting the study, it doesn't suggest women are doing better. Do your own research.

darkone
darkone

@davidleko39 And this needs to be considered when reading your earlier comment. The greater variance DOES mean that there are more brilliant and more stupid men than women BUT because of the average for women being five points lower, it means that there are relatively fewer stupid men.

Brianphoenix
Brianphoenix

My favorite part is how they left out this was a small study of about 2000 teens in New Zealand. 

Fact girls 7-15 have always had higher IQ scores then boys

Fact Boys and men 16-death still have the same IQ gap of 3-5 points over women 16-death

Fact Taller people have higher IQ scores the shorter people Fact men are Taller

Fact Females at the ages when they're taller then Males  have higher IQ

Fact this article is about promoting women in the easy careers because government, media and feminism knows they can't/wont  do the hard work careers like Construction

Fact Feminism, media and government are working together to coerce women into the workforce for the benefit of the 1%. by doubling the workforce and giving more control of kids development to the government.

Fact women are less happy then 50 years ago. 

Fact this is because they're coerced into working full time and raising kids. Instead of just raising kids while not working or working after the kids grow up or working part time and raising kids. 

Fact women now have less choices if they want to live a decent quality of life.

davidleko39
davidleko39

@Brianphoenix Fact, the highest IQs are men.

Women are more grouped around the average whereas men are more spread across the spectrum, thus you get more stupid men than women but also many more highly intelligent men than women. This makes evolutionary sense as the bigger the differences between males, the easier it is for women to select the top mates, also the best selected from a spread-out group will be much more intelligent than the best selected from an average group, hence humanity's intellectual evolution advances more quickly in theory all things being equal.

TheIronFistOfDeath
TheIronFistOfDeath

With an education system that caters almost exclusively to female learning patterns, this is no surprise.  A system discriminates against boys (I'll say unintentionally and give them the benefit of the doubt), then shames them for it's own inadequacy.

Tko38
Tko38

100 people told me that my surprise birthday cake was vanilla, and as of 5 minutes ago one of my friends finally told me he thinks it is chocolate.   I love chocolate, so he must be right. 

Carter69
Carter69

For 100 years the tests were biased because men tested higher. Women test higher once and all of a sudden these tests are a true representation of reality.  Just like when men make more than women, it’s bias but when women make more than men it’s because they work harder and deserve it.  The real answer to “Why women finally have higher iqs than men?” is they massaged the numbers. For 100 years it went the other way but the convenient politically correct answer suddenly shows women really are the smarter sex. How many female tech startups are there? Google, Microsoft, Apple, Dell etc. were all started by men. The only things I can think of that were created by women are Skinny Girl drinks and spanx. You know why they never have “The 10 greatest inventions created by men” lists? Because any the 10 greatest inventions list implies it.

M Reshad Kasaeian
M Reshad Kasaeian

The third possibility that James Flynn didn't mention is that his result and conclusion is totally wrong; as it contradicts tens of other new researches done recently that proves men smarter, esp after the age of 16.

ninense
ninense

This is a feminist study and will be soon denied by the scientific community like others were in the past. Why, because feminist are trying to change the way the I.Q. tests are made to be woman-friendly and discriminate men. And the fact that woman outscore men in academic studies is due, in the past 3 decades to an education system trasnformed to favour girls, because even the majority of I.Q. high score boys are falling in school, So school academic results don´t shows who is more inteligent but who is better student in a girls-friendly environement. Even the way mathematics is teaching in schools in the past two decades were modified to a girls-friendly and boys-unfriendly way. If you see the education politics of the goverments anywhere and international organizations like U.N. and O.E.C.D. you will find that only girls and their needs matters in education, boys and their problems don´t exist. Now we are building a society, political endorsed, to favour girls and discriminate boys and men, so woman will be more cultivated and will have no competence from men. To be good with no competence is easy, that´s woman´s problem.  

f_galton
f_galton

Whites outscore blacks on IQ tests, the difference in average is 15 points. Where's your story on that?

Matt Idontwanna
Matt Idontwanna

When men

outscore women on IQ tests (or almost anything for that matter), then it

is because women were/are oppressed--or because IQ tests discriminate

against women.When women outscore men on IQ tests, then it is genetic.Regardless,

I'm looking forward to the day when men can sit at home, clean the

house, etc., while the superior women work long hard hours innovating

and progressing human civilization, fight my wars, and protect my

neighborhood. I can't wait.

 When men

outscore women on IQ tests (or almost anything for that matter), then it

is because women were/are oppressed--or because IQ tests discriminate

against women.When women outscore men on IQ tests, then it is genetic.Regardless,

I'm looking forward to the day when men can sit at home, clean the

house, etc., while the superior women work long hard hours innovating

and progressing human civilization, fight my wars, and protect my

neighborhood. I can't wait.

PatriotMissile1989
PatriotMissile1989

Administrator bias, politics, and the cultural degeneracy of the schools account for nearly every IQ disparity.  Mental exercises, puzzles, and math problems increase the IQ by about 20 points on average during adolescence but the schools frown on them.