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June 25, 2014

Confidence gap not just a gender issue – or is it?


The Glass Lift comment on Guardian Article 19th June 2014

A recent article in The Guardian argues that for the younger generation of women in the workplace, there is no such thing as a confidence gap. At The Glass Lift we believe there is no compelling evidence that there is a difference in confidence (which is a personality trait) between older and younger women. In fact, many women who grew up during the 70’s and 80’s were immersed in the idea that they could have it all, which had a huge effect on their self efficacy. Whilst there is no doubt that some millennial women have great confidence in themselves, we cannot underestimate the influence of social background.

There needs to be equal opportunity for all talented young women, whether they come from a family where they were treated as ‘special’ or not. Organisations still need to work hard to ensure we see all ‘bright young women’ reach their potential. Let’s be careful we don’t overestimate the millennial generation’s belief in themselves to overcome the barriers gender currently places on them on their path to the top!   The Glass Lift can help ensure there is no confidence gap and supports talented women to reach their full potential.  Read the full article in The Guardian.

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