Call Her Madam, the First Self-Made American Woman Millionaire

Flora M Brown, Ph.D.
5 min readFeb 3, 2020

Madam C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove in poverty-stricken Louisiana in 1867, went from picking cotton to become the first self-made American woman millionaire. But it was not a straight line.

Madam C.J. Walker

How she began

“There is no royal flower-strewn path to success,” she once observed. “And if there is, I have not found it — for if…

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Flora M Brown, Ph.D.

Author, course creator, and life story coach guiding memory keepers to write about the activities, choices, and beliefs that shaped their lives.