More Evidence The Gender Gap Disappears With Female Empowerment


Jezebel, September 01, 2011


Two tribes in Northeast India are as demographically and genetically similar as they could get, with one big difference: One is patrilineal and the other matrilineal. Guess which one had a bigger gender gap in spatial reasoning tests?

According to Wired, a study comparing spatial reasoning performance in both tribes found that “in the patrilineal society, men outperformed women on this task, taking 35 percent less time to complete it than the females. That difference vanishes when the test is given to the matrilineal tribe members; there was simply no significant difference between the sexes.”

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