Forbes, "The High Cost Of Ambition: Why Women Are Held Back For Thinking Big"

The things men are praised for—assertive action, commitment to principle, lofty goals, refusal to compromise—are often the very things women are penalized for. This isn’t a secret, and it’s something women have to contend with constantly. A 2014 study of performance reviews found that women are not only more likely to receive negative reviews, but also more likely to be criticized for exhibiting behaviors that men were actively encouraged to cultivate: aggressiveness, assertiveness, and ambition. It’s a structural problem buried deep in our cultural consciousness.