In this week’s issue of TIME, we teamed up with fellow Time Inc. brand, Real Simple, to find out how women really feel about ambition in themselves and in others. Contrary to all the hand-wringing about confidence and motivation at work, our survey found that women were just about as ambitious as men, and that “ambitious” doesn’t necessarily have the same negative connotations as, for example, “bossy” does.

But there were some other findings that illuminated how ambition changes over time and how mothers experience ambition differently from non-mothers, and how women at different stages of their careers think about what they want and how to get it. Here are some of the most surprising findings from the poll.

(You can find the full story “Why Ambition Isn’t Working for Women,” in this week’s TIME.)

1) Men are slightly more likely to call themselves ambitious than women are…

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