Happy International Women’s Day: Here are 8 female geniuses to inspire you

Centuries of women being told that they aren’t as intelligent as men has just been proven very wrong. Take, for example, a 12-year-old British girl the scored higher than both Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein in an IQ – how’s that for girl power?

Lydia Sebastian from Colchester joined the ranks of Mensa, a society for people with an IQ in the top two percent of the population. She scored a 162, the highest possible score for under 18s on the Mensa IQ Test. 

To put things into perspective, an average IQ is 100, and a score of 132 will get you into Mensa. Stephen Hawking reportedly scored around 160, according to the Huffington Post.

Here are some other fab female geniuses to take inspiration from this international woman’s day.

1. Kara Hayward

The 17-year-old actress starred in Wes Anderson’s Golden Globe-winning film Moonrise Kingdom in 2012. She joined Mensa at the age of nine! There’s no doubt Kara has been running circles around her teachers since the day she started school.

2. Shakira

As well as being one of the most resilient women working in music, Shakira is also a certified genius. With a reported IQ of 140, the Colombian singer has more than just a great voice and hips that don’t lie.

3. Emma Watson

So we all knew Emma was pretty clever after she studied at both Oxford and Brown. But this feminist fashion icon, actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador has a reported IQ high enough to qualify for Mensa.

4. Maryam Mirzakhani

The 38-year-old Iranian was the first woman ever to win the Fields Medal, the most prestigious award in mathematics in 2014. She is currently a professor at Stanford University in California.

5. Kate Beckinsale

Kate is fluent in three languages aside from English and she won the W.H. Smith Young Writer’s competition twice in her teens for short stories and poems.

6. Elise Tan-Roberts

At the age of just two and a half, this London toddler was the youngest person to ever be accepted into Mensa in 2009, scoring a 156 on an IQ test.

7. Alicia Keys

The soulful singer with a reported IQ of 154 graduated high school at the top of her class when she was just 16, and then dropped out of Columbia University to pursue her music career.

8. Carol Vorderman

Ok, so you probably knew this one, too. But did you know the super smart TV personality is also a member of Mensa?