Madam C. J. Walker
Born: 23rd December 1867
Died: 25th May 1919
Birth Place: United States
Known for: First self-made female African American millionaire.
Walker was the first female African American millionaire.
Netflix recently made a TV show about Walker’s business.
Along with her business, she did lots of work for charity.
Madam C. J. Walker had a difficult start in life. She was orphaned at six, married at fourteen and became a widow at twenty. However, she went on to become a very successful businesswoman.
After losing her own hair, Walker wanted to create hair care products for Black women. A talented inventor and businesswoman, she was skilled in promoting her products and soon built a business empire. She started by selling products directly to Black women, then employed lots of saleswomen to sell the products. She called these women “beauty culturalists”.
Walker’s method involved using a scalp preparation product, lotions, and iron combs. She made her products stand out from those of white-owned companies by making them especially for Black women’s hair types.
Walker became a well-known Black businesswoman, and the United States’ first female African American millionaire. She was well known for her philanthropy, which meant she did a lot for charities. She created clubs for her employees, and also asked them to give back to their communities.
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