The female ‘confidence gap’ is a sham

Jessica Valenti,, Wednesday 23 April 2014 12.30 BST

Women’s lack of confidence could be just a keen understanding of just how little society values

When women still face substantive inequities, why are Katty Kay and Claire Shipman arguing that what we really need is more self-esteem? Photograph: Alamy

Despite an ongoing, glaring lack of equality for women in culture and in policy, Katty Kay and Claire Shipman’s new book, The Confidence Code, argues that what’s truly holding women back is their own self-doubt. In fact, Kay and Shipman dismiss the importance of institutional barriers upfront, writing in the introduction that, while there’s truth behind concerns about sexism, the “more profound” issue is women’s “lack of self-belief”. Think Lean In meets The Secret.

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