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Mary Kay® 50th Anniversary

Celebrating the idea that one woman can do amazing things and transform the lives of many. In honor of Mary Kay Ash, we celebrate all women for their power to inspire a more beautiful world. Join us in celebrating the past 50 years of Mary Kay.

Mary Kay Ash inspired, empowered and encouraged us to prove that One Woman Can™! Join the celebration of her life and legacy by sharing with us on Twitter and Instagram how Mary Kay has touched your life using the hashtag #OneWomanCan.

During the 1991 two-month book tour for Mary Kay's autobiography, Mary Kay Ash, Nancy Thomason, Susan Posnick fell asleep in the back of the limousine.  When the book was launched, her autobiography was described as “the success story of America’s most dynamic businesswoman.”

On October 31, 1990, Mary Kay traveled to Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, Arizona to help deliver sunscreen and other products to the troops. On June 7, 2000, she received an e-mail from Sergeant Thomas Al Lopez, a retired Army soldier who was there that day: “On behalf of myself and many soldiers that I have come across during my career, a big thank you. A soldier that will always remember you.”

1973 - At the Ground Breaking ceremony in Piscataway, New Jersey, for our first Northeastern Distribution Center, more than 300 Consultants and Directors were present for the afternoon ceremonies.  In the evening, a Mary Kay Pep Rally was held with over 700 Consultants, Directors and guests on hand.

1964 - The Company earned a quarter of a million dollars in its first year.  This picture appeared in the September 20, 1964, issue of The Dallas Morning News, with an article that quoted Richard Rogers, Mary Kay's son, as saying, “At that rate we will close our first year next month with over a quarter million dollars in sales. And if this rate continues, we ought to reach our first million next year.”

As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary, Mary Kay’s family, employees, and even those who never had the opportunity to meet her share how their lives were touched by Mary Kay Ash.

  • Kari Lody

    What a beautiful woman.

  • Paula Deville

    Never met her, but yes she is. Read her book and have listened to her talk many times when calling the company.

  • Pam Chapman

    So blessed to have met this wonderful woman. I miss her often.

1988 - "On Silver Wings": A sculpture inspired by "On Silver Wings," a poem that Mary Kay Ash brought back when she returned from launching the Company's Australian market, was commissioned in honor of the Company's 25th anniversary.

2003 - Making History: Mary Kay Ash was honored as the Greatest Female Entrepreneur in American History by a panel of academicians and business historians.

2001 - Saying Goodbye: On Thanksgiving Day, Mary Kay Ash, the woman who brought her dream of opportunity for women to life, passed away. The "extraordinary thing," said Richard Rogers, son and Company co-founder, "was the way Mother inspired people to believe in themselves."

1996 - A Helping Heart: Mary Kay Ash established the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation (now the Mary Kay Foundation), which helps to support cancer research related to women's health and helps in the fight against domestic violence.

1994 - Making Headlines: Mary Kay Inc. earned Fortune magazine's honor as one of the "Most Admired Corporations in America"

1984 - Winning Company: For the first time, Mary Kay Inc. appeared in The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America, a publication that ranks companies according to benefits, job security, and work atmosphere.

1981 - Sharing Her Story: Mary Kay Ash added "best-selling author" to her list of achievements, releasing her first book, an autobiography originally titled Mary Kay.

1969 - Cadillac Style: Mary Kay Ash requested pink as the color of her new Cadillac, creating the model for her dream company's Career Car program. The top five Independent Sales Directors earned the use of their own 1970 Cadillac Coupe de Ville in the now iconic color.

  • Patsy Quinn

    The gorgeous lady you see above kissing her Mary Kay Cadillac, is my mom....Lovie Quinn. Today, June 12, is her birthday. She passed in 2012. I was doing a search about Cadillacs and this photo popped up, and I pinned it. As I write, I have tears falling. You are First Class, Mom. I will never stop loving you. Happy Birthday, to my best Friend. I miss you so much.

  • gay jones

    The outstandingly beautiful Lovie Quinn. They just don't make

  • gay jones

    My close friend's mother, the incredibly talented and BEAUTIFUL LOVIE QUINN!!!! Happy birthday sweet soul.

  • Patsy Quinn

    It's just like you to come forward and make a heartfelt comment toward my mom. She loved you, Gay, very much, and always told me so. Thank you G.

1963 - Opening Doors for Women: With her past experience, her plan, and $5000 in savings, Mary Kay Ash launched Beauty by Mary Kay, opening its Dallas headquarters' doors for business and doors of opportunity for women.


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