Recent research suggests that women may be more skilled than men in certain areas, notably when it comes to leadership. A 2020 study from Harvard University found that while men are better than women at self-promotion on job applications and interviews, women are actually more skilled when it comes to leadership.
The study found that women were rated higher than men in most of the leadership skills assessed, such as problem solving, taking initiative, and displaying integrity. They were particularly noted for being more effective on skills related to collaboration, such as working with diverse groups, managing difficult conversations, and managing conflict.
Women also appear to be narrowing the gender wage gap. According to a study conducted in 2020 by the Pew Research Center, women’s lead in skills and education is helping to close the gender wage gap. By 2018, women earned 85% as much as men, $22 vs. $26.
The data seems to suggest that while men may have an advantage when it comes to self-promotion and job interviews, women have an edge when it comes to leadership skills. It’s important to note that this doesn’t mean women are inherently better than men. It simply suggests that women may be better at certain skills, such as collaboration and managing difficult conversations.