"For years, we women have kept our heads down and played by the rules. We’ve been certain that with enough hard work, our natural talents would be recognized and rewarded.”
"We’ve made undeniable progress… Our competence has never been more obvious. Those who closely follow society’s shifting values see the world moving in a female direction."
"And yet, as we’ve worked, ever diligent, the men around us have continued to get promoted faster and be paid more."
"Some observers say children change our priorities… Other commentators point to cultural and institutional barriers to female success. There’s truth in that, too. But these explanations for a continued failure to break the glass ceiling are missing something more basic: women’s acute lack of confidence."
"Compared with men, women don’t consider themselves as ready for promotions, they predict they’ll do worse on tests, and they generally underestimate their abilities. This disparity stems from factors ranging from upbringing to biology."
"[This] shortage of female confidence is increasingly well quantified and well documented.”
Read the remainder of this article, written by the authors of Womenomics and The Confidence Code, Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, to learn more about this confidence gap, the evidence, and the consequences, and what to do about it.
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The Atlantic, April 14, 2014: “The Confidence Gap,” by Katty Kay and Claire ShipmanInstitute of Leadership & Management, February 2011: “Ambition and gender at work” (16 pages, PDF)