Vote of confidence for Gabourey Sidibe’s rousing speech

nick alter

Gabourey Sidibe’s perfectly beautiful Ms. Foundation speech was a long-overdue rebuttal to a culture that eats confidence for breakfast.

We’re enmeshed in a national “confidence gap” dialogue, launched by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman’s recent cover story in The Atlantic, which spelled out evidence that women are less self-assured than men, consider themselves less promotion-worthy, predict they’ll do worse on tests and generally underestimate their abilities.

“Women feel confident only when they are perfect,” the authors wrote. “Or practically perfect.”