Maya Angelou – Renaissance Woman

           A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. [Maya Angelou]  Maya Angelou was the first African-American woman to. . . –work as a cable car conductor in San Francisco –have a nonfiction best-seller; her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings set […]

First Women of San Francisco

Last week my husband and I flew to San Francisco, into that rarefied air that can only be California. Our first stop was San Francisco, or the polyglot that columnist Herb Caen used to call Baghdad by the Bay (back when Baghdad had a romantic aura about it). As we traveled around the city, several […]

First Women Stories

        It takes enormous courage for a woman to say, “I don’t give a damn if no woman has ever done this before. I’ll do it anyway.” Throughout the history of the United States, from colonial days, until today, there have been women who have defied social norms, chipped at glass ceilings, […]