There is a progamme on Radio 4 disccusing whether the cliches about the strengths and weaknesses of men and women stand up to scientific scrutiny.
You can listen to the program here.
An article on the programme can be found here
Conclusions? It's better to do things sequentially. Men read maps better than women. Men gossip as much (mea culpa) and women aren't all that better at Empathy.