Stop talking about the gender confidence gap!
I keep hearing a lot about the “confidence gap”. Premise: women are less confident than men. I believe those raising the issue are well intended, but I worry about the constant drum beat on this issue for three reasons:
- Are we not measuring confidence by what are more traditional “male” standards?
- Are we not mis-measuring the confidence of women as a result?
- Is not raising the issue reinforcing the stereotype in terms of confidence ?
Rather than talking about the confidence gap, I recommend we talk about the gap in perceptions on how we measure confidence.