For starters, women don't think ambition is something you're born with.
Last year, Real Simple conducted a national survey about success with our sister brand TIME. This year, we've teamed up again to go a bit deeper—into the touchy territory of ambition. Where do women stand when it comes to professional drive? How does the struggle for balance factor in? How do we compare with our male counterparts? Our pollsters talked to more than 1,000 people to find out. Here are the (surprising, encouraging) results.