Confidence Is a Feminist Issue #tbt

Four years ago, I wrote about confidence as a feminist issue. Today I still think it is. I know Amy Cuddy’s work on power posing has been called into question, but I still think there is a place for it. I have never felt worse after standing like Wonder Woman. I’ve also lately been listening to a great podcast (not really about fitness but about life in general) called “The Confidence Chronicles” with a woman named Erika. Not everyone’s cup of tea, I’m sure, but I like her message of taking no shit. So here’s my post from five years ago about why confidence is a feminist issue. Enjoy!


I had a great post all written on why confidence is a feminist issue, and then I did one of those things where I deleted the entire flipping thing and couldn’t get it back. I am afraid that I don’t have it in me to write the same again, so I’ll just give some of the highlights.

I’ve been reading and thinking about confidence lately in relation to my sport performance. Especially I’m aware that I convince myself of all sorts of negative things — I’m slow, I’ll always be last on the bike, I’ll never get any better…etc.

Confidence is a feminist issue because, as it turns out, there is a confidence gap.  Men are way more confident than women in all sorts of ways, and in a world where confidence takes people further than competence, that cashes out into all sorts of systemic advantages for men.

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