Does being confident matter equally for women and men?

Joanna Ong, York University; Cary Wu, York University

Being confident matters, but does it matter equally for men and women? Extending research on the gender gap in confidence, in this article we consider whether the return of being self-confident is also gendered. Analyzing data from Statistics Canada’s 2016 General Social Survey (N= 19,294), we find that not only are women less self-assured than men, the earning power of being confident is also less strong among women than men. The fact that being confident is rewarded unequally between genders demonstrates that social bias against women is one major source for women’s lack of confidence.

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