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7 ways we can fix gender inequality other than with confidence

The most recent encouragement to just “fake it til you make it” comes from Katty Kay and Claire Shipman who published a feature on the “confidence gap” in the Atlantic. In the undoubtedly well-meaning piece, Kay and Shipman share troubling research outlining an equally gloomy picture: Women undervalue their accomplishments, and it’s holding them back in the workplace.

Although it’s true that some women suffer from more self-defeating thoughts and lower self-esteem, gender inequality can’t be reduced to mental health issues. Women’s lack of opportunities in the workplace are due to much deeper issues, and it’s time we admit that. Instead of telling women to change their personalities, maybe it’s time we take a look at the entire system.

Here’s a (non-exhaustive) list of ways we can help women that don’t include telling them just to hold their head up high. 

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Nose in a Book Giveaway!



I just reached 10,000 followers and to celebrate I am doing a giveaway! Two winners will each get to choose one of the books pictured below. I will purchase it for them through The Book Depository and have it shipped to them. 



 -The Book Depository ships anywhere in the world for free, so anyone can enter.

-You can like or reblog this post to automatically be entered in the giveaway.

-I will use a random number generator to pick the two winners.

-You must be following me, since the whole point is to thank my followers.

-You must be comfortable with giving me your full name and address, should you win.

-You must have your ask box open so I can let you know if you win!

-You can enter as many times as you like.

-I will announce the winners on Friday May 10th 2013, and you have until Monday May 13th to get back to me, with your mailing information. If you don’t, I’ll have to pick someone else.

Good luck everyone and thanks for following me!

More information about the books and the specific editions after the cut. 

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