Friday, September 13, 1963: Mary Kay

Mary Kay and her second husband, George Hallenbeck, took their life savings of $5,000 and poured it into helping Mary Kay achieve her dream business, based on the principle of giving women an equal chance to succeed in the workforce. On Friday, September 13, 1963, Beauty by Mary Kay was formally launched from a 500-square-foot retail space in Dallas, Texas, a month after the death of her first husband. With the help of her 20-year-old son, Richard, Mary Kay bought a cosmetic formula, began packaging her first product line and engaged a sales team nine people strong.
     -- From "Vault Guide to the Top Consumer Products Employers" (2006 edition)

* Mary Kay website: @
* Milestones (from Mary Kay Museum): @
* Entry from Texas Women's Hall of Fame: @
* "The Mary Kay Way: Timeless Principles from America's Greatest Woman Entrepreneur" (2008): @
* "The Benefits of Think Pink: A History of the Mary Kay Cosmetics Company in Domestic and Global Contexts" (Elizabeth Ahern, 2011): @
* "Mary Kay Cosmetics Inc.: Corporate Planning In An Era of Uncertainty" (James W. Camerius, 1989): @
* "Heart & Soul: Five American Companies That Are Making the World A Better Place" (Robert L. Shook, 2010): @

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