Madam C.J. Walker
Madam C.J. Walker
Sarah Breedlove (December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919), known as Madam C. J. Walker, was an African American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a political and social activist. Eulogized as the first female self-made millionaire in America, she became one of the wealthiest African American women in the country, “the world’s most successful female entrepreneur of her time,” and one of the most successful African-American business owners ever.
Walker made her fortune by developing and marketing a line of beauty and hair products for black women through Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, the successful business she founded. Walker was also known for her philanthropy and activism. She made financial donations to numerous organizations and became a patron of the arts. Villa lewaro. Walker’s lavish estate in Irvington-on-Hudson, New York, served as a social gathering place for the African American community.
In the early 1900s, Sarah Breedlove, better known as Madam C.J. Walker, turned her line of homemade hair care products into an eponymous business empire that’s still active today. At the time of her death she was widely recognized as the first self-made female millionaire in the U.S.
“Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come, get up and make them.” – Madam C.J. Walker
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