For the first time since such records began women have finally managed to score higher than men in IQ tests.

Expert on IQ tests, Professor James Flynn from the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, has collated IQ tests from across the world to show that gradually the IQ of women has been catching up and now surpassing that of men.

Talking to the Sunday Times he said 'In the last 100 years the IQ scores of both men and women have risen but women's have risen faster. This is a consequence of modernity. The complexity of the modern world is making our brains adapt and raising our IQ. The full effect of modernity on women is only just emerging.'

Many theories have been put forward for this, such as the female ability to 'multi-task' brought about by the demands of family and career, or that women were now catching up because they are throwing off the shackles of a male dominated society.

But no-one's asked about how the tests have changed over the years. Nor have they asked how modern teaching methods have affected males and females IQ differently in the light that IQ can be increased.

And just last year David Willetts predicted that women will turn the tables on men in the workplace as boys 'lagged behind' at school.

But what does not stack up is why generally the number of male MENSA members recently outnumbered the female by 60% to 40%. In the USA ( and Canada that proportion has been put at 65% to 35% in favour of the men. Unless of course it is just than men are so insecure that they need a certificate from MENSA, whereas women just don't feel the need?

Maybe we need a new female based sculpture for 'The Thinker'.

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