Sarah Breedlove Walker

I’d never heard of Sarah Breedlove before today. I saw a small tag line on an email saying that she was the first “millionairess” in the world after developing of hair care products. I had to know more. Upon delving further I found out the following which continued to blow my mind:

• Sarah was born to freed slaves in Louisiana, USA in 1867
• Married at 14, she was orphaned and widowed by the age of 20
• Upon retirement Sarah built a house beside tycoon J.D. Rockefeller
• The Guinness Book of Records lists Sarah Breedlove as the first female (black or white) who became a millionaire by her own achievements

In her own words: “There is no royal, flower-strewn path to success. And if there is one I have not found it. For if I had accomplished anything in life, it is because I have been willing to work hard.”

After watching the recent election in America many people across the world are amazed to see what someone of African American descent is able to do right now. How phenomenal is it to then consider what Sarah Breedlove Walker was able to accomplish as a female African American, over a hundred years ago.

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  1. Glad to see your interest in Madam Walker, my great-great-grandmother. I hope you’ll have a chance to visit my website at http://www.madamcjwalker.com. Also, just wanted to make a couple of comments: Madam Walker developed a line of hair care products for African American women, but did not invent a hair straightener. Her estate, called Villa Lewaro, is a national historic landmark in Irvington-on-Hudson, NY. Like Rockefeller’s estate, Kykuit, it is located in Westchester County, NY, but it is not next door to Kykuit.
    Again, thanks for your interest!

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