Women With Moxxie - Madam C.J. Walker
“I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations….I have built my own factory on my own ground.” Madam Walker, July 1912
Considering the times, it is quite remarkable that a woman could build a business and become a millionaire. Madam C.J. Walker created one of the first women owned businesses to employ over 3,000 women, creating a powerful economic support system.
Born a child of sharecroppers as Sarah Breedlove, she transformed herself from an uneducated farm laborer and laundress into one of the twentieth century’s most successful, self-made women entrepreneurs.
She suffered a scalp condition that she could not resolve so she embarked upon creating her own home grown solutions that eventually solved her condition. Not to let this new found ointment go to waste, she created the tonic to sell. Going door to door in the South, Ms. Walker built an empire.
A definite woman with Moxxie, if you ask us!
Image from Good Housekeeping