When we choose to live for something bigger than ourselves, when we choose progress over perfection, we gain freedom from that which holds us back. After all, a stagnant life is the greatest risk of all.
Our self-esteem has suffered along the way, and we do need to recover and reclaim it. How that's done isn't easy, but the directive is quite simple: The key to counteracting self-doubt and building greater degrees of confidence comes from strengthening our inner voice.
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.