Dame Patricia Hodgson, a Cambridge University academic has claimed that young women are so sexualised and image-conscious they lack intellectual confidence, believing they are less intelligent than boys. She says ‘Quite a few women are held back by fear of failure and lack of confidence. It stops them fulfilling their potential’ and she blames the ‘celebrity culture’ that judges them on their looks and frowns upon academic achievement. Young women need positive role models not just models and celebrities. A recent survey to determine the future 100 most powerful women had only a few academics and business women, much of the list was made up by women famous for the sake of being famous, not for having achieved something, a sad reflection on what influences young women today. Dame Hodgson also mentioned the number of girls who approached her during this year’s Freshers’ Week to say they thought they ‘had made it to Cambridge by mistake’ - could this be the beginning of Impostor Syndrome which many women in the workplace suffer with?