Are Women Smarter Than Men?

Are Women Smarter Than Men?

It’s a modern-day battle of the sexes, brought to an all-new battleground … social media. I’ve seen a story on Facebook about women being smarter than men more than a few times. I don’t know why people like to spread fake news, but it happens far too often, and this is one of those cases.

There is absolutely no correlation between gender and IQ.


While there are many amazingly smart women out there, the highest recorded IQ ever actually belongs to a man named William James Sidis. He was an American child prodigy with exceptional mathematical and linguistic skills.

He is notable for his 1920 book The Animate and the Inanimate, in which he speculates about the origin of life in the context of thermodynamics. His IQ was thought to be around 250-350. In comparison, Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein only had an IQ of 160.

History is peppered with influential geniuses who changed the world. Individuals like Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein all had groundbreaking ideas that have lived on long after their deaths. So just, who are the smartest people alive today?

5) Christopher Michael Langan (IQ: 195-210)

An American horse rancher and autodidact who has been reported to score very highly on IQ tests. Langan’s IQ was estimated on ABC’s 20/20 to be between 195 and 210, and some journalists have described him as “the smartest man in America” or “in the world.” Some say he’s the smartest man alive because he taught himself how to read at the age of 4. This man is some special kind of genius! What’s even more intriguing is that he dropped out of college and then worked as a doorman to eventually develop his cognitive-theoretic model of the universe.

4) Kim Ung-Yong (IQ: 210)

Imagine sustaining an IQ score of over 200 since age 4! He’s a former Guinness World Record holder for the highest IQ and is currently a civil engineer in Korea. But guess when he started his university education? At the age of 3! By the time he hit 16, he had received a Ph.D. in Physics from Colorado State University and was working with NASA! Wow, right?

3) Christopher Hirata (IQ: 225)

Hirata was 13 years old when he became the youngest U.S. citizen to receive an International Physics Olympiad gold medal. I couldn’t even make my bed at 13! But this guy started studying at the California Institute of Technology at 14 and was working for NASA on human accommodations on Mars at 16! Currently, he’s a professor at Ohio State University with specialties in dark energy, gravitational lensing, the cosmic microwave background, galaxy clustering, and general relativity!

2) Marilyn vos Savant (IQ: 228)

Are Women Smarter Than Men?


Writer Marilyn Vos Savant is the smartest woman in the world. She has an IQ of 228, one of the highest ever recorded. Someone with a “normal” intelligence will score somewhere around 100 on an IQ test. To meet someone with an IQ approaching 200 is certainly impressive. Vos Savant has lived a quiet life since childhood. Her parents made sure she maintained an average upbringing, unfettered by the intrigue that would’ve mounted if the public ever knew about her high IQ. Of course, secrets like that are hard to maintain, and eventually, word got out.

1) Terence Tao (IQ: 230)

This ‘Mozart of Maths’ is probably the smartest dude on this planet at this particular hour! This Australian child prodigy used to teach 5-year-old kids how to spell and add when he was just 2! Imagine that, and by the time he turned 10, he was writing International Maths Olympiads! By the time he was 16, he had earned his bachelor’s and master’s, and at the age of 20, his P.H.D. Guess who can beat that? No one!

Myths, misconceptions, and outright misinformation often cloud the intelligence narrative. The stories we share and celebrate about human intellect—whether they pit genders against each other or highlight the extraordinary achievements of a select few—speak to our fascination with the limits of human potential. However, it’s crucial to remember that intelligence is a complex, multifaceted attribute that cannot be fully captured by IQ scores alone, nor does gender determine it.

The real lesson here is not about who holds the title of the highest IQ or whether men or women are smarter. It’s about the boundless capacity of the human mind and the incredible achievements that can result from passion, dedication, and a love for discovery. Intelligence is not a battleground for the sexes but a shared human treasure that, when fostered in an inclusive, supportive environment, can lead to advancements that benefit us all.

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Tracy Tegan
Tracy Tegan has spent the last seventeen years as a professional blogger about relationships, dating, and issues pertaining to gender equality at In her spare time, she writes romance novels that are available at Amazon.  You can check out Tracy Tegan's latest romance novel, Crescent Moon at Amazon.

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