This enduring “sex difference in competitiveness,” he concludes, “must be considered a genuine failure for the sociocultural conditions hypothesis” that the personality gap will shrink as new roles open for women.
When men and women take personality tests, some of the old Mars-Venus stereotypes keep reappearing. On average, women are more cooperative, nurturing, cautious and emotionally responsive. Men tend to be more competitive, assertive, reckless and emotionally flat. Clear differences appear in early childhood and never disappear.
For social-role psychologists, the bad news is that the variation is going in the wrong direction.
Quotes taken from As Barriers Disappear, Some Gender Gaps Widen
Interesting article, particularly in seeing that when the results don't go one's way, then it can't be because there's a basic difference between men and women, so off to the races to try to explain it away anothe way.