Blood, Sweat, and High Heels
by Cheryl Waiters, with Darnella Ford
Exemplified by the power of the human spirit, life in the face of death, she had the courage to challenge a generation to release the shackles of ignorance surrounding women and gender roles. All this and more is lyrically conveyed in Cheryl Waiters' autobiographical novel titled "Blood Sweat and Highheels", based in Cleveland, Ohio
Her autobiography delivers a message of self-empowerment for women of all ages, nationalities and demonstrates unyielding courage to transcend the impossible and the unthinkable. Cheryl holds the noble distinction as the country's first African- American female to rise to the height of fame in her more than 20-year career in the male-dominated field of construction work, as a journeyman electrician.
Waiters escorts the reader through a private tour of hell as she blows open the doors for an unauthorized peek inside the world of Mafia-controlled cities, labor unions, and life and death situations on job sites where women are anything but welcome.
Haunting and intensely reflective, her birth and formative years are eloquently paired with historical movements that profoundly changed the world, from J.F.K. to Martin Luther King, the rise of the Black Panther Movement, women's liberation, and hippies touting "free love and peace."
The timeless genius of this story has not only captured an essential slice of history, but has also defined it. Given such an achievement of literary brilliance, IT IS DESTINED TO BECOME AN AMERICAN CLASSIC!
Being born is like coming into the middle of a movie. You have to find out what happened before you arrived and catch up to where you are now.
Everybody has a life, but the true gift lies in the ability to express that "life force" in a way that is thought provoking, entertaining, inspiring and educational to anyone who might see that life. This life then becomes more-- it becomes art.
Must-Read Books by Black Women Must Include Blood, Sweat, and High Heels
The list of must-read books by black women continues to grow; and now, you can add one more great read to the list- Blood, Sweat, and High Heels by Cheryl Waiters. The trials and tribulations of the African-American female experience are uniquely captured in this gritty memoir as a lifetime of struggle and immense courage in the face of prejudice and sexual bias are documented in Blood, Sweat, and High Heels. No matter where you come from or where you plan to go, Cheryl’s triumphant story will remind you that dreams really can come true no matter what color your skin is, what gender you are, or what your ultimate goal happens to be.
From growing up with a father that was never there and a mother that was oftentimes more interested in going out for a good time than the well-being of her children, Cheryl Waiters’ childhood experience ill-prepared her for the tremendous accomplishments that were to come later on in her life. In Blood, Sweat, and High Heels, you’ll learn about how an under-privileged but hard-working girl from Cleveland met great challenge with great courage in order to break stereotypes as well as roles of gender and race during some of America’s most turbulent decades.
Cheryl Waiters is recognized as a true pioneer in the same spirit as Jackie Robinson, Phillis Wheatley, and other African-American ‘firsters’. Through sheer resolve and a ‘never say die’ attitude, Cheryl broke through seemingly-impossible barriers including subtle and not-so-subtle racism, disgusting sexual harassment, and emotionally-draining verbal abuse in order to become the first African-American female electrician to rise to the height of fame in a male-dominated field. Blood, Sweat, and High Heels is an entertaining rollercoaster ride full of gut-wrenching lows and heavenly highs. Whether you’re searching for books by black women or books for black women, you’ll find a true gem in Blood, Sweat, and High Heels.
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