Madam C.J. Walker: The Self-Made Millionaire Who Raised Up Other Women

Born to freed slaves in 1867, Sarah Breedlove used her creativity, determination and brilliant mind for business to transform herself into the mogul, Madam C.J. Walker. Traveling the country with her hair products, Madam Walker employed thousands of saleswomen to both grow her business and to give generations of black women the skills and confidence to provide for themselves and follow in her footsteps. Following Madam Walker’s empowering story we reflect on her legacy with The Lip Bar CEO and founder Melissa Butler who cites Madam C.J. Walker as part of her inspiration in founding a makeup line that would suit people of all skin tones. Main Sources On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker - by A'Lelia Perry Bundles (Now a Netflix series starring Octavia Spencer, the book has been retitled ‘Self Made’) A New York Times article titled ‘Wealthiest Negro Woman’s Suburban Mansion’ published in November of 1917 An Associated Press article on C.J. Walker published in the spring of 1919 Learn more about your ad-choices at

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The stories we tell about the past matter. But what happens when an entire category of changemakers is overlooked? Fierce, a new podcast from iHeartRadio and Tribeca Studios, will shed much-needed light on the fierce women that history has undervalued. In each episode, award-winning journalist and best-selling author Jo Piazza will tell the story of one historical figure's life while connecting her legacy to a modern woman standing on her formidable shoulders today.