By focusing so heavily on “the confidence gap,” Kay and Shipman ignore the structural and institutional barriers to women’s success. Women may be more reluctant to negotiate pay, but they are also more likely to face professional penalties if they decide to have children and takedisproportionate responsibility for childcare as working moms — to say nothing of outright gender discrimination.
The reality is that even women who have lept across the “confidence gap” into upper-level management are not always regarded as highly as their male counterparts. How do we know that projecting confidence will pay off for us professionally? And do we really want to create a work culture where women are told that to succeed they must emulate the business strategies of powerful men?By Women’s Lack Of Confidence Doesn’t Cause Inequality. Sexism Does. | Amanda Duberman (via becauseiamawoman)