Madam C.J. Walker

Self-Made Millionaire

From the Series Gateway Biographies

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Madam C.J. Walker was one of the first Black woman millionaires in the US. While she was a laundry worker, she started having trouble with her scalp and decided to create a solution. She developed a line of haircare and skincare products. At first, Walker sold her products door-to-door in local areas. But with the help of hard work and good advertising, she soon made the brand popular far beyond her town. She was able to hire sales agents across the US, build a salon and a beauty school, and more.

Walker’s work and products forever changed the world of haircare and skincare. But she impacted many other communities too. She helped build schools and funded scholarships, inspired more women to start their own businesses, and fought for equal rights for Black people. By the end of her life, Walker was known for her generosity and social justice work as much as her groundbreaking business. Discover more about her life, career, and long-lasting legacy.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Feminism, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Class, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2023-01-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007120, JNF018010, JNF061010
Dewey 338.7/66855092 [B]
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 910
ATOS Reading Level 6.4
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Index, Source notes, Teaching Guides, and Timeline

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Gateway Biographies

Discover the human side of newsworthy, historical, and pop culture figures, and learn about people leading key social movements or handling crises. Each biography in this easy-reading series is peppered with quotations and stories, accounts of successes and failures, and descriptions of… View available downloads →