I just finished a really great book entitled The Confidence Code written by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman. It addresses the issue of women and confidence. The book was both eye opening and jaw dropping at the same time.
Without being a spoiler, I can tell you that Katty and Claire write about whether confidence is something we are born with or something we develop throughout life. They site scientific studies, interview hundreds of people from all different disciplines. They approach the subject from a scientific perspective, a psychological perspective, and from a social perspective.
The crux of the book describes the differences in “perceived” confidence between men and woman. It talks about the little voice inside women’s heads that whispers “you’re not good enough” when, after examined scientifically, YOU ABSOLUTELY ARE! This is an insightful summer read and I highly recommend it.