The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women Should Know

The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women Should Know

by Katty Kay, Claire Shipman


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New York Times Bestseller

Following the success of Lean In and Why Women Should Rule the World, the authors of the bestselling Womenomics provide an informative and practical guide to understanding the importance of confidence—and learning how to achieve it—for women of all ages and at all stages of their career.

Working women today are better educated and more well qualified than ever before. Yet men still predominate in the corporate world. In The Confidence Code, Claire Shipman and Katty Kay argue that the key reason is confidence.

Combining cutting-edge research in genetics, gender, behavior, and cognition—with examples from their own lives and those of other successful women in politics, media, and business—Kay and Shipman go beyond admonishing women to "lean in."Instead, they offer the inspiration and practical advice women need to close the gap and achieve the careers they want and deserve. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062230621
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/15/2014
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 61,330
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Katty Kay is the anchor of BBC World News America, based in Washington, DC. She is also a frequent contributor to Meet the Press and Morning Joe and a regular guest host for The Diane Rehm Show on NPR. She’s the author, along with Claire Shipman, of two New York Times bestsellers, Womenomics: Work Less, Achieve More, Live Better and The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know. In addition to her work on women’s issues, Katty has covered the Clinton administration sex scandal, four presidential elections, and the wars in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. She was at the Pentagon just twenty minutes after a hijacked plane flew into the building on 9/11—one of her most vivid journalistic memories is of interviewing soldiers still visibly shaking from the attack. Katty grew up all over the Middle East, where her father was posted as a British diplomat. She studied modern languages at Oxford and is a fluent French and Italian speaker with some “rusty Japanese.” Katty juggles her journalism with raising four children with her husband, a consultant. Visit Katty online at

Claire Shipman is a journalist, author, and public speaker. She’s the author, along with Katty Kay, of two New York Times bestsellers, Womenomics: Work Less, Achieve More, Live Better and The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know. Before turning to writing, Claire spent almost three decades as an award-winning television journalist. For the last fourteen years, Claire was a regular contributor to Good Morning America and other national broadcasts for ABC News. Before that, she served as White House correspondent for NBC News, where she regularly reported on presidential policy and politics for NBC Nightly News and Today. Prior to that, she worked for CNN for a decade, covering the White House, and she was also posted in Moscow for five years, reporting on the fall of the Soviet Union. Claire’s coverage from Moscow helped CNN earn a National Headliners Award and a coveted Peabody Award. She received a DuPont Award and an Emmy Award for coverage of the 1989 Tiananmen Square student uprising, as well as a DuPont Award for CNN’s coverage of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. She graduated from Columbia College and later earned a master’s degree from the School of International Affairs there. She’s now a member of Columbia’s board of trustees. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and their two children and three dogs. Visit Claire online at

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1 It's Not Enough to Be Good 1

2 Do More, Think Less 27

3 Wired for Confidence 55

4 "Dumb Ugly Bitches" and Other Reasons Women Have Less Confidence 85

5 The New Nurture 119

6 Failing Fast and Other Confidence-Boosting Habits 139

7 Now, Pass It On 167

8 The Science and the Art 189

Acknowledgments 205

Notes 213

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for women and girls of all ages. Most of us are well aware of the imposter syndrome (even if we didn’t realize it had been scientifically documented) but the science and research about women and confidence extends far beyond that. Shipman and Kay have taken all the available information, both documented and anecdotal, and distilled it into a lively and compelling read. I expected to find the book enlightening. I didn’t expect to find it so entertaining. Even better, the authors don’t stop at pointing out the shortcomings women have in the confidence arena, but offer ways to overcome them. The book is both informative and useful, and readers will walk away with tools to transform their own behavior. 
Remy2 More than 1 year ago
The Confidence Code does not disappoint!  There are key insights found in the interviews that give  a fresh perspective to a sisterhood of insecurity and how to successfully deal with it.  The research regarding  confidence leads the reader to develop personalized conclusions which can be carried into either  domestic or professional spheres.     
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My curiosity was piqued immediately. Do I focus on competence over confidence? And what really is confidence anyway. In "The Confidence Code," written with great insight, openness and a thoughtful and measured approach, the authors demystify the value of confidence in the marketplace and in everyday life and why it is some of us have it and some us don't. Mixing the right levels of science, intrigue, example, humor and humility--they even go as far as personal genetic testing to see how they fare on the confidence scale--the reader has all the available wisdom to "crack" the confidence code and better understand its impact on just about everything we do. Personally, I found myself listening to conversations in a different way--did a woman at my table just say "he was acting just like a woman and apologizing for everything all the time" --and thinking about my own effectiveness at work and with people in general. It was surprising. This is definitely a book that will be greatly talked about, learned from and enjoyed. I highly recommend it!
Gatowilhelm More than 1 year ago
It has very good content, several examples and even some scientific data. At the end of the book it starts to get a little redundant so that's why I'm giving it 4 stars...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It’s fun to read and at the same time provides some practical advice. It reminds of another very practical and interesting book I read recently Secret Techniques for Controlling Sadness, Anger, Fear, Anxiety, and Other Emotions by Vlad Koros, which deals with self-confidence as well as many other emotional issues. I highly recommend both these books.
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