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International Women's Day: Q&A with Annalisa Sala

International Women's Day: Q&A with Annalisa Sala

Matteo Muscio International Women's Day

How do you think the confidence gap affects women?
 
I was reading that research has identified that starting at age five many girls are less likely than boys to view their own gender as smart and begin to lose confidence in their own competence. Cultural stereotypes, implicit biases and representation in media work together to further this issue. To me there is a huge need of raising awareness around limiting factors that prevent girls (and future women) from reaching their full potential.
 
 
Do you think women’s workplace confidence has improved over the past few decades? Please explain why.
 
Till 50-60 years ago it was very strange and pretty impossible to see women doing anything other than being a housewife.
 
In the meantime, during the years leading to today, things changed a lot in the society and now we do have women doing other jobs, also typical male jobs. This is increasing self confidence inspiring also other women.
 
Evolution is ongoing.
 
 
How important is mentoring, coaching and sponsorship in helping women to grow their confidence at work?
 
Girls’ & women’s belief in themselves is impacted by some limiting factors, so it is key to highlight positive role models and create a community around supporting girls/women, in fact empowering them at a young age is a catalyst to unlocking their full potential. 
 
Showing girls/women more role models by highlighting empowering female role models is key. Because telling girls/women they can be anything is just the beginning, seeing that they can do anything makes all the difference. 
 
Mentoring/coaching women is key but to me we need also to educate and inspire society on gender biases. The job to do is huge and it cannot be done alone by some successful women only.