The gender differences here suggest we need to expand the burgeoning conversation about women’s relationship with failure, and explore how bias, stereotype threat, the dearth of women leaders, and girls’ greater success in school all may contribute to our greater avoidance of failure.
There was a sizable gender difference in the responses for one other reason: 15% of women indicated the top reason they didn’t apply was because “I was following the guidelines about who should apply.” Only 8% of men indicated this as their top answer.
When it comes to applying for jobs, women need to do the same.
Of course, it can’t hurt to believe more in ourselves.
They didn’t see the hiring process as one where advocacy, relationships, or a creative approach to framing one’s expertise could overcome not having the skills and experiences outlined in the job qualifications.
What held them back from applying was not a mistaken perception about themselves, but a mistaken perception about the hiring process.
Major decisions were made and resources were allocated based not on good data or thoughtful reflection, but based on who had built the right relationships and had the to propose big plans.
” According to the self-report of the respondents, the barrier to applying was not lack of confidence.
But in this case, it’s more important that we believe less in what appear to be the rules.
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The 20 century saw women break into professional life – but only if they had the right training, the right accreditations.
These qualifications were our ticket in, our way of proving we could do the job.