Women work outside the home in record numbers. Meanwhile, it has become increasingly more difficult to define our meaning of success; how women measure their own success today differs significantly when compared to a decade or two ago. Mistakes I Made at Work – edited by Jessica Bacal who worked at Smith College on the Women’s Narrative Project (WNP) – expounds on what it means to be successful for a modern working woman. Bacal began the project as an “experiment” to ask females about their goals, dreams, and values; she wanted give women the opportunity to later reflect on their narratives and help lead them to successes in their jobs down the road.
Bacal interviewed 25 (by all accounts) successful women. The women surveyed shared information about their lives and their personalities; they went into detail about the