The Real Story Behind America’s First Female, Self-Made Millionaire

An Inspiration for Everyone

No one summarizes her story better than Madam C.J. Walker herself. “I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there, I was promoted to the washtub. From there, I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations… I have built my own factory on my own ground.”


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Madam Walker was an inspiration to not only those around her but to generations to come. Her pure grit and determination proved just how powerful one woman’s dream could be. To fully understand the significance of her journey to success, we must start at the beginning, to a time where she was known as Sarah Breedlove.

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