“Houston Style Magazine Recognizes History Maker Cheryl Waiters for Women’s History Month”
Dawn Paul | 3/21/2013, 8:23 p.m. | Updated on 3/21/2013, 8:23 p.m.
Because Good Morning America came to interview women who were working in non-traditional work environments. That is how I became recognized.
3.You refer to your generation as The Last Mohicans, because you say that your generation was the last generation to be taught critical rules and guidelines that seem to have been forgotten today. Give me the best piece of advice you received that you still remember today that contributed to your success.
Never, ever give up. I just kept going back.
4.In your memoir you stress the importance of brains over beauty. You used your brains, not your beauty as a ticket out of an ordinary life and you succeeded. Do you think that way of thinking is an anomaly to women in today’s society with the portrayal of women in film, television, publications, etc.?
Yes, I do. I still feel that beauty is highly over rated. I stress to young girls and women that you cannot be successful without intelligence. The education system needs to do more to encourage young girls to study math and science. The younger they are when you teach them this, the more they can develop their gifts in these fields.
5.Even though there have been strides made for women in non-traditional work environments, in your experience, what obstacles do women still face in these environments today?
The men simply do not want women in their ranks. They feel these jobs are for men and women can’t handle them. I was told by a man, “You are making too much money for a woman.” He didn’t feel comfortable that I made more money than he did. When women have more money they have more freedom.
6.You say in many ways you were born into this life with your “dukes up.” You tore down walls and rocked the boat, but looking back on your life is there anything you would have done differently?
I can’t think of too many things I would or could have done differently. Being a black female trying to make a life for myself was difficult. I feel blessed for the opportunities. I didn’t have too many opportunities back then, but I used the ones available and maximized them to be successful.
7.When can we expect a movie to come out about your life?
I’m working on it. I’m currently looking for the right people to make this project.
8.Who would you want to portray you in the film about your life?
I would love Halle Berry to play me, not only because she is an incredible actress, but also because she is from Cleveland, Ohio.