Are Women More Intelligent Than Men?

Who is smarter, girls or boys? It’s a perennial battle of the sexes that rages in schoolyards and over dinner tables across the nation. According new research by James Flynn, a world-renowned expert on IQ testing, the answer is that women are starting to edge out their male counterparts in the brains department.

Flynn examined data from western European countries, the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Argentina and Estonia and found that for the first time in a century of testing, women are scoring higher than men on IQ examinations.

IQ, or “intelligence quotient” tests were developed in the early 20th Century. They rate a subject’s aptitude for solving problems and understanding concepts compared with the general population. Tests generally examine language ability, mathematic ability, memory, and spatial ability. A score of over 130 indicates exceptional intelligence with the median score being about 100.

While multi-tasking has gotten a bad wrap in some psychological literature, Flynn speculates that the demands put on women’s brains when they juggle work and family may have helped boost their scores. Another possibility he cites is that women have a higher potential for intelligence–which is emerging as they are given more opportunities to compete in the world outside the home. Flynn is currently working on a book on the subject of gender and IQ and says more research needs to be done in order to fully understand the results.

We don’t want to ignite another round of battle of the sexes here, but we really, really gotta ask: Do you agree with this study? Are women smarter than men? Share your opinions with us in the comment box below!

Source: Yahoo News

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Moms Who Can’t Afford To Work Growing By The Number

After factoring in the rising cost of child care, the daily commute and other work-related expenses, a growing number of mothers are figuring out that having a job just doesn’t pay.

“It comes down to a cost analysis and I have several clients that have taken the route of quitting,” said Anna Behnam, a financial advisor at Ameriprise Financial in Rockville, Md. “Factor in taxes, transportation costs, clothing and lunch — what is the true net that you bring home after salary?”

For most working parents, child care is by far the greatest expense. In 2010, the cost of putting two children in child care exceeded median annual rent payments in every state, according to a report by Child Care Aware of America.

The recent run up in gas prices has only drained paychecks further, shaving 8.7% off of the average worker’s annual income, according to the Oil Price Information Service. And then there are the rest of the expenses that add up for workers, including clothing and dining out during the day, which are also on the rise. In the end, many lower- and middle-class mothers just don’t make enough money to afford to work, she said.

Even though women surpass men in educational attainment, they earn an average income of $35,776 a year, about 20% less than their male counterparts, according to the Labor Department. Women are also nearly twice as likely as men to work part-time and work in the lower-paying public sector, the Department of Labor said, which is also where a disproportionate number of jobs were lost over the last four years.

With the perpetually increasing amount of payables, do you think it is wise for moms to stay at home and let dads bring home the bacon? Tell us your opinion!

Source: CNN

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