Woman of the Month: Walker grows hair and business

Madam C.J. Walker was an influential woman who utilized hair to inspire confidence in the women of her time and today.

In 1867, Sarah Breedlove was born to former slaves Minerva and Owen Breedlove. By the age of seven, both of Sarah’s parents had died, forcing her to move in with her sister and her sister’s abusive husband in Mississippi. To escape the abuse, Sarah, at the age of fourteen, married Moses McWilliams. The couple was married for six years, with their daughter Lelia born four years into the marriage. Tragically, two years following…