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Confidence Gap

Masculine-Feminine Difference: How We Talk

Caroline Turner | Posted 07.16.2014 | Business
Caroline Turner

The area of "how we talk" poses the "double bind" trap for women. If women speak "Fran", they may be seen as lacking confidence, being unassertive, and not being "leadership material." (Or she may not be heard at all.) That's because the definition of leadership is associated with being confident and assertive.

The Confidence Game: Is That Really All It Takes to Win in the Workplace?

Alison A. Quirk | Posted 07.21.2014 | Business
Alison A. Quirk

A confidence gap might seem like an unbridgeable divide, but it doesn't need to be. Confidence isn't an innate talent; it's a skill that can be learned. And like all skills worth learning, it takes practice and effort.

One Place You Won't Find the Confidence Gap

Jennifer Dulski | Posted 06.30.2014 | Impact
Jennifer Dulski

I have been around confident, amazing women my whole life -- from school, to work, to the mothers of my children's friends, there are confident women all around me. And I, myself, have had a successful career. With that said, when I think deeply about it, I do see examples fairly frequently that can fall under the theme of the confidence gap.

Belonging: The Real Culprit in the Confidence Gap

Christine Bronstein | Posted 06.30.2014 | Women
Christine Bronstein

Even in the face of stereotypes and structural barriers there just may be one profound solution to our ambition, performance and confidence waning in situations where we don't feel like we fit in.

Maren Sanchez and the Gender Gaps No One Is Talking About

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 06.25.2014 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

We have a national problem with not expecting or teaching boys to control themselves when they are quite clearly biologically capable of doing so. That's a gap no one is talking about on Sunday morning news programs.

10 Ways Society Can Close the Confidence Gap

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 04.23.2014 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

While I'm happy for any conversation about gender gaps that need closing, I'm not interested in teaching adult women how to become more confident. I want women to keep the confidence they have as young girls. The confidence we, collectively, crush.

Women's Lack Of Confidence Doesn't Cause Inequality. Sexism Does.

Amanda Duberman | Posted 06.16.2014 | Women
Amanda Duberman

We cannot treat a lack of confidence as an involuntary affliction to be tiptoed around, or as an irrational response women just need to get over already. Especially when confidence is not just a prerequisite for a job, but a requirement of the job itself. 

The Confidence Gap on Campus: Why College Women Need to Lean In

Rachel Simmons | Posted 05.12.2013 | Women
Rachel Simmons

Speaking out, taking risks and being willing to rock the boat is what distinguishes campus leadership. In an information economy, a woman's skills will not be enough; her inner resume -- the personal authority and confidence to advocate for herself -- are essential.