There has been much talk in this node that men and women are different. Let us face it, if you are old enough to have learned to read this, you've probably figured this out already. This simple fact is not of particular interest. What is of interest is the empirical studies into gender differences. The studies have found, not too surprisingly, that there are differences between the genders in terms ability, with men being better than women in some areas and women better than men in others. The interesting part, is that the range of difference between individuals within a gender group, is far greater than the differences between the groups. Essentially these findings show that there is more of a difference between any two women or any two men, than there is between women and men in general. If factors of socialization were eliminated from the equation, the differences in ability between the genders would shrink even further.