If you know me you know I’ve been borderline-obsessed about fashion and beauty since grade school. You might also know that I had a private-label skincare and cosmetics company when I was in my 20s.
It was the beginning of the internet (wow, I am part dinosaur) and researching quality products and sourcing packaging etc wasn’t easy but it was a hella lot easier than what Sarah Breedlove experienced and persevered that would ultimately make her the first self made (female) millionaire. Oh, it was the early 1900s and she happened to be a black woman.
This flipped my hat when I thought about the lack of resources she had as a woman and adding the fact that she was black just blows my mind. Proof about what a determined woman can do. Sarah Breedlove completely changed and ultimately owned the industry. Her story is incredible and in the event youre looking for something empowering to watch, I recommend, Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker
In the meantime, here’s a quick summary:
Sarah Breedlove, also known as Madam CJ Walker, was a remarkable success story and is remembered as the first female self-made millionaire in America. Born into poverty, Sarah went on to become an influential entrepreneur and businesswoman when she created her own cosmetics company in 1905. She was passionate about empowering black women to take control of their economic futures and founded the Madam CJ Walker Manufacturing Company which produced hair care products.Her hard work and dedication paid off—she made millions, became a philanthropist, and helped establish the National Negro Business League. Ultimately, she used her platform to create change in her community and inspired many generations of women to pursue their dreams.
Cheers to Sarah Breedlove, aka Madame CJ Walker for believing in a vision bigger than her (perceived) self that continues to empower women for well over a century!