Also, Maegan, women don’t have to make babies if they don’t want to, and any smart woman would know that they won’t be able to devote as much time to their careers (be they academic or not) if they have a child. But if she really is the world’s smartest woman, then she’ll be raising smart kids who should give her credit when they grow up.
I know that a woman doesn’t HAVE to get pregnant…But her desire to mother may outweigh her desire to have a career. So, if you have enough of these genius mothers who have taken themselves out of the educational and career arenas, then they can’t be tested.
Beyond even that…unless every man, woman, and child was given a test, there is no way to tell which sex is the smarter sex. And even still, some people test differently. Some people do well with a standardized format - you read, then answer. Others may do better if the question is read to them. (I was actually a student helper at a homeschool testing center one year. I had to read the test to a group of 7th graders. They weren’t stupid kids they just didn’t comprehend the info when it was read to them. I personally knew one kids testing. Later, he showed me his scores - he was testing at least 2 grades higher in all his subjects.) IQ tests are stupid. My husband and I take the goofy internet ones every once in a while - both of us have tested higher than the other…and our scores keep changing w/i a few points of each other.
And the smartest parent can have the dumbest kids. And vice versa.