Speaking from my own life as a woman, when I was working and married to my ex, I can say that people didn't believe I was successful based on my merit but his. Walking in to a women's fashion store and the owner wanted my ex's permission for me to buy expensive suits. After pulling out a wad of $100 bills from my Dooney & Burke, he had nothing left to say. (I felt like Pretty Woman there for a minute.) I also had a similar experience at a jeweler where I was ready to throw down money on a sapphire ring for my grandmother and they told me I couldn't afford it.
I worked in a prestigious career with the top 50 people according to the field I was in. A lot of people thought I couldn't possibly be so smart and wanted to know what degrees I had filling my walls and what universities attributed to my success.
When I raised money for the town food pantry, people didn't want me to work hard and earn the money. They wanted me to hand over cash. People forget that hard work is where the money comes from.
Also, when I bought a used car that looked brand new, rumors surfaced in the neighborhood that I lived high off the hog and snubbed my nose at people. What they didn't know was I paid $2,000 under blue book value and it was older than their own car. I'm just a smart shopper.
The biggest thing that is upsetting me currently is in my town, there is uproar about a piece of the town going bankrupt. The loudest screechers are the ones that live in a $60,000 house that pay the least tax. They are shouting from the daily news to make everyone in a more expensive house pay the biggest levy. There are million dollar homes built on famed research corporations that have since left town. Those home owners pay the most tax. Why is it fair to always strike the rich down when someone else is careless with their money and is forced in to bankruptcy!
The biggest atrocity to those that are highly successful are from the nay sayers that proclaim rich people live high off the hog! This is the farthest thing from the truth.
As one who worked in corporate America and made top dollar, now I do not. I stay home and take care of my child with Autism. But nevertheless, I was never haughty, proud, or greedy. People used to mistake those words with sophistication.