Confidence and women


“Even as our understanding of confidence expanded, however, we found that our original suspicion was dead-on: there is a particular crisis for women—a vast confidence gap that separates the sexes. 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.

A growing body of evidence shows just how devastating this lack of confidence can be. Success, it turns out, correlates just as closely with confidence as it does with competence. No wonder that women, despite all our progress, are still woefully underrepresented at the highest levels. All of that is the bad news. The good news is that with work, confidence can be acquired. Which means that the confidence gap, in turn, can be closed.”

4 thoughts on “Confidence and women

  1. I’ve met many women who were ‘put down’ at school and told by teachers that they couldn’t do things, of which they were, in fact, perfectly capable. I hope that girls’ education is better nowadays

    1. I would imagine so.I recall a nun being angry when I was top of the class and said,you don’t look intelligent.But I felt so far away from her it didn’t affect me.I was quite puzzled all the time by my interactions with the nuns and lay teachers.In a way I agreed with the nun.I never have felt very intelligent.If you are you know more aand see how much more you don’t understand,Anyway it’s a bad example as intelligence is hard to define.With moderate intelligence and hard work most people can do well especially if teachers are encouraging.I think why women are like we are is complicated

      1. “I think why women are like we are is complicated”
        I suspect a great many men might agree with that 🙂

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