It is a study carried out over three years in partnership with the strategic consulting firm Eranos and presented as the largest study in the world on the subject of self-confidence in women. Called “Women’s confidence”, its results available online have just been unveiled on the occasion of International Women’s Day, also called international women’s rights day, celebrated on March 8. The report consisted of interviewing more than 11,000 women to understand the multifaceted phenomenon of self-confidence and to do this, 75 people (experts, scientists, successful women, etc.) were recruited to study the subject in 11 countries. across the world including France.
“Why is women’s confidence important? Because the more confident a woman is, the easier it is for her to act. Confidence gives women the means to speak, write, raise fists, enter politics or start a business. A lack of confidence can prevent them from thriving on a personal level and contributing to their communities in any meaningful way. And that’s a problem for everyone because when women prosper, societies prosper, ”the report points out by way of introduction. The authors specify that there is no lessof 14 sources of trust different, including vocation, intuition, resilience, or intellect.
Mexico in pole position
The results show that the female confidence is highest in Mexico. Next comes China, the United States, Russia, Germany, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Hong Kong, Korea, and in last place Japan. Most importantly, “Another key lesson from the study is that trust does not seem to be a personal matter or an individual possession, but ucollective, social quality and cultural. And the country you come from has an influence on that confidence, ”the document says. This ranking is based on a “confidence index” according to each country, designed to establish a comparison of experience between women from different cultures. So, in France, the index is 6.1, far ahead of that of Mexico (index of 7.7).
Intellect, mutual aid and routine
Why does Mexico take the lead in the ranking? “Raised in a country where feminicides are numerous, mexican women find strength in their education and in the support of those close to them, ”the study reveals. Indeed, three sources of female confidence predominate in this country:intellect (be educated and qualified),mutual aid (be valued and supported by other people) and routine (find strength in a familiar environment.)
Conversely, resilience (accepting your fate) is the one that most compromises Mexican women’s access to better self-confidence. Because according to the authors of the study, “this parameter is particularly low for younger women and women without children or alone with a child. It could be due to the social pressure experienced by young Mexican women, forced to marry and start a family. ”
Vocation, a weak point of French women
What about our country? “Influenced by strong feminist figures, French women are seen as free-spirited, self-confident, and comfortable speaking in public. But it turns out that they doubt their life path Can we read in the report. French women stand out thanks to three strong points:mutual aid, theindividual identitye and theintuition (follow your instincts spontaneously before making a decision.)
However, their self-confidence is undermined by the fact that they do not exhibit the ability to have a positive outlook on life or to idealize it, even in a difficult situation. The fault of the economic situation of the country “which is not brilliant” but also the fear of climate change.
But the area where women most cruelly lack self-confidence is work (vocation). “In a society where diplomas are valued, finding the right job is so important that it can be disappointing. When they find it, the women don’t feel it’s the right oneeither because it is not as satisfying as it should or because it does not reflect their hard work, ”the authors conclude.