Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn December 23, 1867, Sarah Breedlove was born in Delta, Louisiana. As an adult, Breedlove took the name “Madam C.J. Walker” to form the Walker Manufacturing Company. Madam C.J. Walker was the first woman to be a self-made millionaire in the United States.The Walker Manufacturing Company manufactured, marketed, and sold a wide variety of cosmetics and beauty products. The company is best known for its array of hair-care products for African American women like Walker herself.Walker was a smart businesswoman and shrewd marketer. To stop other businesses from copying her products, she placed her own photo on every product her company produced. She also established a business training college—Leila College, named after her daughter—that taught women how to sell Walker products and start their own Walker franchises. By providing entrepreneurial training for African American women, Walker was able to expand her customer base and help empower other women.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry array Noun
sale of goods and services, or a place where such sales take place.
substances applied to the body to make it appear more attractive.
consumer, or someone who buys something.
foods eaten by a specific group of people or other organisms.
Encyclopedic Entry: diet empower Verb
to give authority or power.
person who starts and manages a business.
to form or officially organize.
to grow or get larger.
having to do with money.
licensed group of connected works, such as films, books, and video games.
free from influence, threat, or support.
to control or organize a situation or activity.
to make or produce a good, usually for sale.
art and science of selling a product.
to guarantee, or make safe and certain.
smart and quick-witted.