Working Girls Invites the Boys to Explore: The Confidence Gap
Do women need to be nicer than men to get ahead? ‘The Confidence Gap’ is the theory that women don’t have the same confidence in their
Do women need to be nicer than men to get ahead?
‘The Confidence Gap’ is the theory that women don’t have the same confidence in their abilities as their male counterparts. Studies show that men overestimate their abilities and performance, and women underestimate both.
This lack of confidence can be devastating, especially to women in their early careers. Success, it turns out, can correlate just as closely with confidence as it does with competence.
To complicate things further, studies have found that women worry more about being disliked, inhibiting opportunities to display competency to grow confidence. And they are right to worry. When women do display confidence at work they may suffer a whole other set of consequences – being labelled rude, bossy, loud. It’s not just our competence that’s then called into question; it’s our very character. How can we win?
With our panel we’ll explore the evidence of how the confidence gap affects women and their careers, the different ways confident behaviours are perceived between men and women, and how we can close the gap.
We want this to be a conversation that everyone can take part in, so for this event Working Girls invites the boys! Please invite the male friends, partners, colleagues in your life to join us.
(Wednesday) 18:30 - 21:00
MiQ, 52-54 High Holborn, #5th Floor, House, London, WC1V 6RL