Wow this is an eye-opening report! Very important to discussions of women in STEM fields and the gap between actual performance and confidence.
“Despite their successes in academics, research and leadership, females at MIT report being less confident than their male peers. Freshman female students are less likely to agree that they are a “capable student, at least on an equal plane with others”1, 4 (Fig. 1). By senior year, survey responses indicate a substantially greater decrease for females than for males. This suggests that MIT has a negative effect on the confidence of female students. Additionally, females are significantly more likely to believe that “others do not think [they] belong at MIT.”4