This is brilliant, Amy! I’ve thought about this several times as I’ve noticed these expectations from others and sometimes even myself, unfortunately. Men dominate this industry so forcefully that when you encounter a woman you tend to expect so much more out of them since they already stand out solely as a result of their gender. Thanks for writing such a thought-provoking piece on the issue.
Underlying message being it’s stupid to work hard towards something and invest all you’ve got if it’s just to reach a certain milestone of success. Hard work doesn’t guarantee anything, you’re much better off loving what you do and the journey that can potentially lead you to something great.