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A Modern World Means Smarter Women

By Samantha WImagehite

We recently discovered this article discussing the change in IQ testing trends and found it very interesting. Apparently, for the first time since IQ test records began, women are scoring higher than men.

The IQ testing expert who made the discovery has a few theories he thinks might explain the change in scores between genders. These include women’s dual responsibilities with home life and a career, or the idea that women have always had the capacity to score higher and are just now achieving it.

Do you have any theories of your own on the subject? We would love to hear from you! Have a great weekend!

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Mutual Amusement: A look at her sense of humor

By Jeanne Corrigan

Women are funny creatures. I know because women’s humor is a part of my daily life — research participants often show flashes of wit and some are downright hilarious. At On Your Mark, the office chats are full of quick retorts and funny perspectives as are my own conversations with friends.

When I think about women and humor, I’m reminded of a quote from the movie “When Harry Met Sally” – “Everybody thinks they have good taste and a sense of humor, but they couldn’t possibly all have good taste.” While I agree that not everyone can have good taste, what about a sense of humor, is it possible that all women have a sense of humor?

Woman-to-woman humor is unique and inclusive. We tend to laugh together – it’s a shared experience, particularly among close friends because it’s about seeing a situation, or the absurdity of the situation, in the same way. Women tend to be collaborators in their humor while men are more individual performers. Men often set-up a joke, deliver the punch line and wait for laughs. Humor among male friends includes sarcasm and a lot of good-natured ribbing. And it seems men want to share that kind of humor with women, too. According to a survey of 331,138 eHarmony male users, men are most interested in women who have “guy humor,” which consists of “sarcastic, juvenile, geeky or raw” jabs.

In female relationships, humor is about a shared perspective and it often defines the potential for friendship. In fact, the line between casual acquaintance and good friend is often set by how often and how much humor can be shared. You don’t just laugh with the women you are closest with, you cackle, literally fall off your chair, and turn heads at restaurants.

When I was in my 20s, I moved from working in an ad agency in the Midwest to working in a regional bank in New England. I felt completely out of place because no one seemed to “get me” and my sense of humor. Then, in the middle of a boring meeting, I began smiling to myself about something funny and I noticed someone else was suppressing a smile, too. That smile was a sign that there just might be someone in that bank that I could connect with and maybe become friends. That was 15 years ago and Lorrie Burns is still one of my closest friends, all because of a smile in a dull presentation.

Finding the same things funny is often the first hint that another woman might “get us.” And we are closest to those women who do. So, in thinking about the original question – can all women have a sense of humor – it seems to me that most women are funny to someone. And that someone likely laughs about the same things we do . . . so maybe we can all have a sense of humor.

Want to Help Change the World? Read Half the Sky.

By Jeanne

Half the Sky

I want you to read Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (find it on www.amazon.com). It’s an amazing book. It caught my eye in an airport bookstore because  I read Kristof’s op-eds in the New York Times. (He focuses on global issues like human rights abuses and poverty and has been tireless in his efforts to keep the Darfur conflict in the public consciousness. I think if he had a thought bubble above his head, it would say “Where’s the outrage already?”)

Half the Sky uses the stories of individual women to bring to life the most pressing issues related to gender inequality. The first-hand accounts are compelling, showing both what happens when something or someone intervenes to help a woman and when no help comes. The underlying message in the book is that things can change, must change, for women today, particularly in Asia and Africa. With a tone both real and optimistic, Kristof and WuDunn make the case for tapping into the potential of the world’s girls and women through education and empowerment.  At the end of the book, the authors list these four steps that can be completed in ten minutes:

  1. Go to www.globalgiving.org or www.kiva.org and open an account.
  2. Sponsor a girl or woman through Plan International, Women for Women International, World Vision or American Jewish World Service.
  3. Sign up for e-mail updates on www.womensenews.org and a similar service, www.worldpulse.com.
  4. Join the CARE Action Network at www.can.care.org

Do you have ten minutes today? Take these four steps and tell your friends to do it, too. It will make a difference.