Stop Talking About the Gender Confidence Gap

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:

  1. Are we not measuring confidence by what are more traditional “male” standards?
  2. Are we not mis-measuring the confidence of women as a result?
  3. 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.   



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