It's not an issue unique to women but we are the main audience for the message.
I was recently offered a chance to apply for a job. I listened to the description at the meeting, immediately pointed out that I did not have what I perceived to be the core skill set (vs. asking what they saw as the main skills for success) and offered to send them more qualified candidates from my network.
<grin> They offered me the job any way.
Do we put more diligence against allowing ourselves to go for assignments we want than we do in being self-aware in other areas of life? e.g. as a parent, a spouse, a driver… all influential and important efforts too
What holds us back is often personal and unique, though collectively women don't apply as often for stretch positions. Why are we turning down jobs we haven't even been offered yet? If we have the support and sponsorship of our communities, we should allow ourselves the reach.