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Madam C.J. Walker (Grade 8)

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Madam C.J. Walker

Which of these describes the life of Madam C.J. Walker? (choose all the correct answers)
  1. philanthropist
  2. entrepreneur
  3. social activist
  4. politician
  5. author
  6. political activist
The Guinness Book of World Records says Madam C.J. Walker was the first female self-made                              in America.
How did Madam C.J. Walker make so much money?
  1. by inheriting it from her grandfather
  2. through years of patiently saving her pennies
  3. by developing and marketing a line of cosmetics and hair care products for black women
  4. through her invention of the electric ice box
Madam C.J. Walker was born in Louisiana in 1867, the first in her family born into freedom.
  1. True
  2. False
Madam C.J. Walker had only three months of formal education, which she received during                    school lessons at church.
What problems did Madam C.J. Walker have that eventually led to her developing hair and skin care products?

Madam C.J. Walker's hair care education continued when she started selling hair care products for whom in St. Louis?
  1. toiletries product conglomerate Proctor and Gamble
  2. Annie Malone, an African-American hair-care entrepreneur and millionaire who owned the Poro Company
  3. the U.S. Army
  4. oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller who wanted to sell his new invention he called petroleum jelly
One of the keys to Madam C.J. Walker's success in the the beauty products industry was                                                        .
  1. paying low wages to her workers
  2. her husband's business acumen
  3. her insistence at hiring family members to work for her
  4. aggressive advertising
After creating great wealth for herself through her company, how did Madam C.J. Walker give back to those less fortunate?

Madam C.J. Walker said, "I am not merely satisfied in making money for myself, for I am endeavoring to provide employment for hundreds of women of my race." What does this tell us about her attitude towards wealth?

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