I began my surgical residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, in 1987. It did not occur to me that I was any different from the other residents. I was aware that it was still a male-dominated field, but I felt the barriers had already been broken by women before me. By the time I started my training, I felt that if a woman wanted to be a trailblazer she would need to focus on fire fighting, flying fighter jets, or space exploration. From my perspective, surgery was already open to women. I did not see any issues and did not feel that I encountered any. In medical school at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY, the clerkship director asserted that surgery was a great field for women, especially those who wanted to have a family. He stated that a surgeon’s day is, by definition, chaotic. Time to perform a case or complete rounds cannot be scripted. We never know just how long it will take to prepare patients for a procedure and make sure, in our hearts, that we feel they understand exactly what they are trusting us to do. We are called to many locations at once: the office, the committee meeting, the operating room, patient phone calls, medical records, the floor. My clerkship director contended that it’s not hard to wedge a little more chaos into that scenario by throwing in a parent-teacher meeting or a Halloween parade. That seemed brilliant to me. As long as one can tolerate some chaos, it should all work out. I wanted to be a surgeon, and this brilliant rationalization made perfect sense. I don’t recall registering the fact that there was only 1 categorical woman surgical resident in that residency program. Now, married to another surgeon and with 2 sets of twins, I can state with authority that there is a limit to how much chaos can be managed in 1 day. Still, I heard what I wanted to hear and made my choices with my eyes open. I do think surgery is a special career that attracts special people who are more likely to have the skills to keep all, or at least most, of the balls in the air at the same time.