Marjorie Joyner is a businesswoman from Monterey, Virginia. In 1912, she moved to Chicago and began studying cosmetology. Later she graduated from A.B. Molar Beauty School and became the first Black woman to do so. Soon after, she met the legendary Madam C.J. Walker and began overseeing Walker’s beauty schools. During the course of her career, Joyner taught 15,000 hairstylists, co-wrote cosmetology laws for the state of Illinois, founded a sorority and a national association for black beauticians and more. In 1939, Joyner began looking for a better and more efficient way for Black women to straighten their hair. After being inspired by the design of a pot roast cooking with paper pins to help decrease preparation time, Joyner designed a table that could be used to curl or straighten hair. The device allowed women to straighten or curl their hair by wrapping their hair on rods above the person’s head and setting their hair. As a result, hairstyles lasted for several days. Joyner became the first Black woman to hold a patent for her design. Although some argue that Sarah E. Goode was the first Black woman to hold a patent.