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Authenticity Will Close the Confidence Gap, with Claire Shipman

Journalist Claire Shipman discusses the role authenticity plays in the manifestation and expression of confidence. Shipman is co-author of the 2014 book The Confidence Code.

We often hear examples of social inequity framed around the image of a gap: achievement gap, gender wage gap, opportunity gap, etc. In each of these, the gap represents both the factual distance between the advantaged and the disadvantaged, as well as the figurative gap in terms of equity and fairness. For instance, the gender pay gap (which does exist, by the way) is a literal separation between male and female financial compensation. It's simultaneously an abstraction of the societal privilege afforded to men and not women. When we hear people say, "We need to close the ____ gap," we're not just talking about paying women the same as men, or whatever it is the gap signifies. We're talking about rectifying the perception that Group A deserves more ____ than Group B. The gender pay gap isn't just about money; it's about an idea.


With that in your front pocket, consider ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman's appearance in today's featured Big Think interview. Shipman is co-author of the book The Confidence Code, which explores the nature and importance of self-assurance in the workplace. Its prime focus is on equipping women with the knowledge and skills necessary to close the confidence gap.

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