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The negative impact of this lack of confidence is that well-educated, talented women won’t get ahead in the workforce, and when they do it’s for less salary than men. But, women walk a fine line when it comes to behaving with confidence – this is considered by both men and women to be an attractive and admirable trait in men; not so in women. When women lack confidence and are uneasy in leadership roles, in school or in their careers, we are disenfranchising half of our population that has the potential to make significant contributions to the professional workforce.
Personally, being well liked and admired among my friends and family is what matters to me. I don’t really care if I’m well liked at work, as long as I’m being recognized and appropriately compensated for my skills and dedication.
Examples from the literature show that:
What can we do to compensate for these cultural norms and have the confidence our competence warrants?
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Cech et al (2011) Professional Role Confidence and Gendered Persistence in Engineering. American Sociological Review 76(5): 641–666. http://web.mit.edu/anthropology/pdf/articles/silbey/silbey_gender_in_engineering.pdf
Dahlbom et al (2011) Gender and overconfidence: are girls really overconfident? Applied Economics Letters 18(4): 325-327. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13504851003670668#abstract
Kay and Shipman (2014) The confidence gap. The Atlantic, May 2014 issue. http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/04/the-confidence-gap/359815/
Lo Sasso et al (2011) The $16,819 Pay Gap For Newly Trained Physicians: The Unexplained Trend Of Men Earning More Than Women. Health Affairs 30(2): 193-201. http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/30/2/193.full
Pazicni and Bauer (2014) Characterizing illusions of competence in introductory chemistry students. Chem. Educ. Res. Pract. 15: 24-34. http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2014/rp/c3rp00106g#!divAbstract
Wayne et al (2010) Gender differences in leadership amongst first-year medical students in the small-group setting. Academic Medicine 85(8): 1276-1281. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3315611/
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