FEARLESS WOMEN: Madam C.J. Walker & Angels and Tomboys


Madam C.J. Walker

Many words can be used to describe Madam C.J. Walker: entrepreneur, philanthropist, political and social activist, self-made, millionaire, African-American.

Sarah Breedlove Walker (December 23, 1867-May 25, 1919), known as Madam C.J. Walker, built a cosmetic empire in the early 1900s becoming one of the first female millionaires in the country and is considered the first African-American female millionaire.

She took her personal issue with hair loss and learned how to combat it. She then trained other women to sell the product and endeavored to greatness.

She supported those around her with trust and guidance. When she moved to Harlem from Indianapolis she left the factory in the charge of her forewoman. She trusted her daughter to grow the company. Most of all she gave back to her community through philanthropy.

“I got my start by giving myself a start!” – Madam C.J. Walker

St. Louis ties1:

  • Her brothers were established St. Louis barbers
  • Her husband, Charles Joseph Walker was a St. Louis newspaperman


Angels and Tomboys

Almost as if taking a page from the history books, sister kidpreneurs and philanthropists Madison and Mallory Iyana are building their own modern day cosmetic empire for ‘tween and teen girls.

Fearless Girls become Fearless Women!

Madam C.J. Walker’s Secrets of Success

Take the Initiative

Be Ahead of the Curve

Let Your Light Shine

Empower Others

Be Generous

Be Open to New Ideas & Unexplored Territory

Be Bold & Courageous

Invest in Future Generations

Photo Credits:

  • Madam C.J. Walker: Public Domain, National Archives

  • Madison & Mallory Iyana – ©2018, Angels and Tomboys

1 “Madam Walker Essay” by A’Lelia Bundles,

Octavia Spencer and Netflix are working on a bio-series for 2019 release currently titled Madam C.J. Walker Project.

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