A man's primary motivation is power. He wants the ability to bend others to his will, to make things go his way. Knowledge is power, and consequently all men have at least some instinctive interest in advanced knowledge.
A woman's primary motivation is the desire to be desired. Her life is a quest for external validation, experimenting with clothing, makeup, dieting and so forth in a neverending quest to turn heads, to be noticed, to tangibly prove to the world that she is worth something because women envy her and men desire her.
Only one of those motivations leads to great things. I will leave you to guess which.