In celebration of Black History Month I wanted to start out by sharing about Madam C.J. Walker, who is recorded as the first female self-made millionaire in America. I learned about her story in the 2020 Netflix docudrama series “Self Made” –which I highly recommend watching if you haven’t seen it yet.
Walker was orphaned at the age of seven and started her life with little to no opportunity. Pushing through all of life’s struggles she started her own line of hair care products for African-Americans in 1905. She created products that fill a need and wanted to better the lives of others in her community. She used her company not only as a way to make money, but also as a way to help educate and lift fellow African-Americans. She led on to serve on the board of the NAACP, and started many organizations to help African-Americans, women and the elderly.
Even though I am not Black, Madam C.J. Walker is such an inspiring historical figure to me. I have always wanted to own my own business, but had so many road blocks and struggles to contend with. I have a passion for helping others and wish to not only build a successful business, but fill a need and serve my community. Madam C.J. Walker has paved the way for me and other women in our country, and her inspiration makes me truly believe that my journey is actually doable. I hope that you also can find many fascinating aspects of her story the way I did.
Please feel free to share your thoughts below and let me know who and what inspires you?