My mother was the fourth generation of women to have worked with the Walker company. As a little girl, I would go to her office while she worked. She was a very capable woman.
For many years Madam Walker was just a little footnote in history. As a woman who made haircare products, she was really consigned to something trivial.
Madam Walker was a woman who transformed herself in a very American, rags-to-riches way.
Madam Walker was an incredible woman, but she wasn't the only one of her time who was. She just took it to the highest height.
As much as any woman of the twentieth century, Madam Walker paved the way for the profound social changes that altered women's place in American society.