"Boys fall in love with computers as machines; girls see them as tools to do something else," said Barbara Ericson, a senior research scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology who tracks the AP exam.
What does this have to do with self-confidence? This is women approaching computers from a different perspective (on average).
"Then girls think, Ãfmaybe I don't belong because I don't love them like the boys do.Ãf(TM)"
And they'd be right. Why do they belong at a company passionate about technology if they aren't passionate about technology? They don't belong there any more than I belong in a doctor's surgery as anything but a patient - I'm not passionate about healthcare and didn't take exams to become a qualified doctor.