After just two years in the workplace, women’s career ambitions and confidence drops significantly — by about one-third — according to a new report by Bain & Company. Men’s aspirations, on the other hand, stay more or less at the same level. It’s only once they get to the senior level that both genders see a jump in ambition and confidence. So what’s the reason for the drop? Researchers identified three main contributing factors: not meeting the stereotypes for the “ideal worker;” inadequate support from supervisors; and a lack of role models in the workplace. Women don’t see other women like themselves being promoted and alter their career expectations, in other words. The researchers also found that the question of ambition isn’t altered when a woman has kids, as some might argue, but their ambition is drastically affected when not fostered early on in their careers. This is another study adding to the ever growing mountain of evidence that corporate America has a real pipeline problem when it comes to gender equality in the workplace.
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