The disparate results between men and women remain one of the most
controversial issues in the world. Now there is new research that suggests that inequalities could be even more persistent than feared, partly because many men seem to have more confidence than women resulting in the confidence gap. The first new study focuses on high school performance, and the surprising result is as follows: girls with more exposure to high-performing boys are less likely to get a bachelor’s degree.
Outcomes Of Confidence Gap
In addition, they do worse in math and science, are less likely to join the workforce and more likely to have more offspring, which in turn can limit their subsequent career prospects. They are disturbing results. Normally, exposure to high-performance partners is expected to be an advantage, not a disadvantage. This is what parents try to do when they enroll their children in the best schools or when school systems strive to attract better students.
In Addition To The Confidence Gap, Women Suffer “Punishment Gap”
However, the researchers analyzed the data and found that the students, when exposed to their high-performance male counterparts, suffer from the confidence gap and, measurably, lower aspirations. However, it is difficult to discern why this happens. Is it true about young women are lacking courage among high-performance youth? Or do teachers direct their attention in a way that harms young people’s perspectives? So far it is not clear, although other independent evidence shows that stereotypes can increase the confidence gap.
The inequality is even greater. The ones that lose the most are the young women who represent lower half of the distribution of skills. In contrast, when children get exposed to more high-performance male students, it does not seem to affect their future opportunities at all. The researchers describe these results as “quantitatively important” in statistical language. It’s an increase in the percentage of high-performing boys, in a standard deviation. There is a decrease in the possibility of girls getting a bachelor’s degree by 2-4.5 percentages. Another study suggests that young women lose some interest in careers. And, specializations in mathematics results finally in the confidence gap.
Women Need 202 Years To Earn The Same As Men
There is a probable connection between these two studies. While the two groups of researchers do not address the claims of one another, it is quite true that a broader language reflects a certain type of confidence. On the other hand, many reflect a lower level of confidence or a greater sense of rhetorical modesty. The confidence gap is not the only thing that can harm many women in life.
A greater lack of will to show confidence regardless of whether it is genuine or not can also harm them. We as individuals often encounter both men and women, without enough self-confidence. Just raising expectations doesn’t help at all. And, sometimes it makes things worse if the pressure is high without giving them means to handle it. Uplifting women is not really the answer to reducing the confidence gap in return reducing the gender gap.