In 2014, there are still people who are fine with women’s success as long as it’s not too successful. But once they hit a certain level of success, they should step back and allow others to move forward. While women can be successful within established constraints, they better not reach beyond that. Success must be met with grace – being thankful for what one has rather than striving for more – as well as the understanding that it was luck rather than hard work, drive, dedication, or, god forbid, ambition, that drove their success.
Once a woman dares attribute her achievement to more than just luck and suggests wanting more and wanting to do more, look out. She’s stepped too far, and people are eager —bloodthirsty, even —to show up and put her back in her place.
It’s dangerous to assume that numbers tell the whole story. It’s better to think of data not as a smoking gun, but as a trail of breadcrumbs. Metrics can point you toward problem areas or alert you to a potential issue that you might not have otherwise noticed.
"The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: a novel by Haruki Murakami, cut paper, 40.5 cms circumference, 2008" by Stefana McClure, an artist from Northern Ireland (now in New York). This piece is a copy of the book, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, taken apart, cut it into strips, stuck all of the strips back together again in a continuous line and then wound the whole thing back up into a ball.