An in-depth piece in the Atlantic this week delved into the issue of what’s really holding women back from becoming top earners and competitors in their fields. The surprisingly simple reason turns out to be not the lack of accessibility (though it can be a factor), but of confidence.
In studies, men overestimate their abilities and performance, and women underestimate both. Their performances do not differ in quality. … The shortage of female confidence is increasingly well quantified and well documented. In 2011, the Institute of Leadership and Management, in the United Kingdom, surveyed British managers about how confident they feel in their professions. Half the female respondents reported self-doubt about their job performance and careers, compared with fewer than a third of male respondents.