11 Things That May Surprise You About Maya Angelou's Extraordinary Life
She Was the First Black Female Streetcar Conductor in San Francisco
Asked why she wanted the job at 15, Dr. Angelou told Time, "The women wore...
Asked why she wanted the job at 15, Dr. Angelou told Time, "The women wore beautiful uniforms, and they had this change belt--click, click, click, click. I went to apply. No one would even give me an application. My mother said, "Take one of your big Russian books and sit there. I did, for two weeks--I hated it. But I didn't want to go home and tell my mother I wasn't woman enough. Finally, a man asked me, "Why do you want this?" I said, "I like the uniforms. I like people." I got the job."