Journalists Claire Shipman (wife of Presidential Press Secretary Jay Carney, senior national correspondent for ABC’s Good Morning America, and regular contributor to This Week with George Stephanopoulos) and Katty Kay (anchor for BBC World News America) have a new book, The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance — What Women Should Know, that claims that women, compared to men, lack professional confidence. That is a significant finding because, according to the authors, confidence trumps competence any time. Sadly, women, they say, depend on their competence, while men get ahead because they are so overly confident.
Well, actually, Claire went deeper than that, as reported by Rush Limbaugh: women are less confident because there are basic biological differences between men and women. What? Wait, she said what? Yes… she actually said that. She explained, when talking to Megyn Kelly on The Kelly File on the Fox News Channel, that testosterone matters, that there are differences in the way men and women think: “… because testosterone really drives risk taking. We’re built differently. There are a lot of great things that women bring to the table. There’s a reason why women help the bottom line of companies when we’re there, but we need to get better at risk-taking. We need to get better at failure. And this is what we found.”
In the public relations campaign to promote the book, there is a cover story in the May issue of the Atlantic, which states, “Compared with men, women don’t consider themselves as ready for promotions, they predict they’ll do worse on tests, and they generally underestimate their abilities.” Shocking, I know. Welcome to the post-feminist world and the failure of rhetoric in the face of reality. The authors also share their own struggles with finding confidence: they’ve each questioned their intelligence and ability to compete for top jobs, and attributed success to being “in the right place at the right time.”