If I had broken through any glass ceilings, I would know. Shonda Rhimes
Shonda Rhimes is adamant that she has bursted in glass ceilings. In fact, Rhimes — the executive producer of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder — explains just why she feels that way after so much success in Hollywood.
While being honored this week at The Hollywood Reporter’s 23rd annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast (where she received the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award) she tells the audience:
I know this isn’t an award because I’m a woman or because I’m African-American. I know that it’s really about breaking the glass ceiling that exists in the face of being a woman and being black in this very male, very white town. But I haven’t broken through the glass ceiling.
She says that often times she questions others believing that she’s ‘broken’ the glass ceiling that has stopped so many:
Do they know I haven’t broken through any glass ceilings,’ I asked my publicist. He assures me that I have. I assure him that I have not. I have not broken through any glass ceilings. If I had broken through any glass ceilings, I would know. If I had broken through a glass ceiling, I would have felt some cuts, I would have some bruises, there’d be shards of glass in my hair. … If I’d broken the glass ceiling, that would mean I made it through to the other side, where the air is rare. I would feel the wind on my face.