Many women who went on to achieve great success experienced setbacks along the way, writes Julie Zeilinger. For example, Vera Wang, now a household name in the world of fashion, was once a talented figure skater who fell short of the 1968 Olympic team and later was passed over for the top spot at Vogue magazine. "[A]n important part of achieving what we set out to do -- and something that seems to be particularly difficult for women -- is overcoming bumps in the road we may experience along the way," Zeilinger writes.

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