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Blood, Sweat and High Heels: A Memoir by Cheryl Waiters is the extraordinary story of a woman who made a name for herself in a male-dominated field. Cheryl Waiters grows up as the only girl in a brood of three and always felt that she had to get married, have children, and take care of the house. However, she is not an ordinary kid and believes that if she sets her sight on something, she can win. As a child, she wanted to be a mechanical engineer. After the Women’s Movement, the Sexual Revolution, and the Civil Rights Movement spread across America, things were changing. A black woman from a dysfunctional family, her path is nevertheless blocked by many hurdles. This is her extraordinary story.
Cheryl Waiters’ Blood, Sweat and High Heels should serve as an inspiration to all women. It is a gripping story of overcoming whatever obstacles come your way. It is a testament to the fact that we can achieve our dreams with determination and perseverance. Cheryl’s achievement in helping construct historically significant sites is no ordinary feat. The author’s sentence structure, figurative language, and sentence arrangement work together to establish a casual and friendly reading tone. She is highly relatable as she reveals her thoughts, feelings, reactions, and reflections to readers. Blood, Sweat and High Heels is an authentic memoir that informs and entertains. It also persuades readers that sexism, racism, and other obstacles should not stop us from achieving our goals in life.