Madam C.J. Walker: Black Entrepreneur Legend and Haircare Pioneer
Her business and signature “Walker Method” for hair care provided career opportunities and economic independence for thousands of African American women. Walker faced many critiques for her products, including the claim that encouraging straight hair for black women would internalize white standards of beauty. But Walker knew that her vision of using ingredients from African origins to empower black women to love their hair was a powerful goal. She paid healthy commissions and employed hundreds of black women in her company. Walker is a true inspiration and it is invaluable to look at incredible black women in history and find teachings from their lives and accomplishments.