SARAH BREEDLOVE #100travelHERS
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Birth: December 23, 1867; near Delta, Louisiana
Death: May 25, 1919; Irvington-on-Hudson, New York
Occupation: Entrepreneur, philanthropist, claimed to be the first female self-made millionaire
Notable journeys: Developed a line of hair and skincare products and in 1913, traveled throughout Latin America and the Caribbean (Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Panama, and Costa Rica) to promote her business and recruit saleswomen. Was on the road for three years, and the expansion into these countries contributed to her company’s significant success.
Notable work: Donated much of her fortune to the NAACP, orphanages, and several non-profit organizations that served African-American individuals and communities.
Quote: “There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard.”