Biography Of Madame C. J Walker

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Madame C.J. WalkerBirth: December 23, 1867Death: May 25, 1919Madame C.J. Walker was born SarahBreedlove on December 23, 1867. She had one sister and 4 brothers. When she was 7 yrs old, her parents died of Yellow Fever. She and her sister moved toVicksgurg, Mississippi in 1878 where they took up employment as maids. She got married at the age of 14 to MosesMcWilliams, and they had a daughter,A'Leila Walker. She got married twoadditional times, one ending with her being a widow and the other in divorce.Madame C.J. Walker is known for inventing hair and scalp products forAfrican-American women. She herself suffered from a scalp condition that made her hair fall out. She was criticized by others for trying to make African-American women's hair look more like that of a white woman's, but she said that her products were made to help African-American women hair grow and be healthy. Her hair products were sold all over the country. She had a beauty training school for two years inPittsburgh called the Leile College for Walker Hair Culturists.She is known as the first African-American woman millionaire, and some think that she was the first woman millionaire.She was an inspiration to women everywhere. She understood that women wanted to know how she became so successful, so while she lectured about her products, she also empowered women to start businesses. She was interested in empowering woman and showing/telling them that they could do what she was doing. One of her famous quotes were "I got myself a start by giving myself a start."Madame C.J. Walker was also a Civil Rights advocate. After the East St. Louis riots in