The Overconfidence Gap

by Julie Graber | on 24 Apr 2014

In the spirit of full disclosure: I haven’t read either of Claire Shipman and Katty Kay’s books, primarily because the I haven’t agreed with excerpts I’ve read from each. In particular, I’m not a big fan of suggesting that women need to behave like men in order to get ahead.

These recent blog posts, in response to Shipman & Kay’s latest book, The Confidence Code, have both resonated with me.

Rosa Brooks: The Problem with Confidence Men

This essay outlines the downsides of the overconfidence men have a tendency to develop, and it places the responsibility where it belongs - on organizations who need to understand that men and women will present confidence differently.

Soraya Chemaly: 10 Ways Society Can Close the Confidence Gap

This post points out that girls don’t start out with less confidence than boys, they just lose it at an early age. She summarizes ten things we can do to not be a detriment to girls’ confidence - because it is gendered socialization that is to blame.

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