Madam C.J. Walker was born Sarah Breedlove, the daughter of two slaves from Louisiana in the second half of the 19th century. She was orphaned at age 7 and soon found herself in the adult world: as a servant at 10 and married at 14. She later became a formidable businesswoman a bit by chance.
The victim of a scalp disease that made her lose her hair, Madam C.J. Warker (she took the name of her third husband) developed a formula to remedy hair problems and began to commercialize it.
Success was immediate!
Madam C.J. Warker created a complete range of haircare products for black women, which sold throughout the country. She toured, attended conferences, and trained her representatives - such things were almost unheard of at the time.
She became the first black millionaire businesswoman. And she decided to use her influence to lobby for the rights of black Americans.
In 1998, the United States postal service even issued a commemorative stamp to honor Madam C.J. Warker!