Angelou uses her craft to not only empower herself, but many of the others around her. Some of the historical and inspiring things she has done for Blacks and women was become the first Black female streetcar conductor in San Francisco, California during the 1940's. Then she became the first black women to have her screenplay produced. In 1969, Angelou's autobiography I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings became the first non-fiction best-seller written by a Black woman. Finally in 1993, during the former president of the United States Bill Clinton's inauguration, Maya Angelou became the first Black woman to do an inaugural recitation.