Sarah Breedlove Walker (1867-1919)

Some great “salesmen” were women. ¬†One of them being Sarah Breedlove Walker.

Walker was one of the first American Women of any race or rank to become a millionaire through her own efforts, sharing that title with her early St. Louis teacher and “boss,” Annie Turbo Malone.

Madame C.J. Walker, as she would eventually become known, offered a nearly mythic appeal to African American women through her cosmetic business, elevating sophisticated glamour to a new level. In the process her company’s 20,000 agents would generate annual sales of a quarter of a million dollars.

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