Thank you Mary Kay!

03-27-2012 9:34 AM

Today’s post is written by Jan Langbein, Executive Director for Genesis Women’s Shelter. Jan shares her thoughts on Mary Kay’s ”Day of Beauty” for domestic violence survivors.

On March 8, people around the world celebrated International Women’s Day.  For over 100 years this day has recognized not only the amazing contributions of women but also the incredible obstacles that women must face as they struggle to survive.  Obstacles like hunger, poverty, trafficking of women and girls and violence against women. These women are faced with violence in the streets and violence in their homes.

How appropriate that Mary Kay Inc. celebrated International Women’s Day by celebrating the beauty of women - both inside and out.  Clients of Genesis Women's Shelter, The Family Place and the New Beginning Center were invited to enjoy a DAY OF BEAUTY.  Women of courage who against all odds have announced their own Declaration of Independence….that against all odds they can find shelter that they can feed their children that they can escape the abuse they have known. I am offended by the violence that they have experienced and I am encouraged by their courage.

Mary Kay Ash was a visionary.  Mary Kay Ash herself believed that motivation, recognition and an open-ended opportunity could transform women, empowering them to achieve better lives for themselves and their families. Today her vision, her courage and her unwavering spirit continue to offer women the opportunity to achieve personal growth and financial success. Since 2000, Mary Kay Inc. and the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation have awarded more than $28 million to domestic violence prevention programs and to women’s shelter across the country.

Oprah Winfrey once said “for every woman who is out there is another woman who has shown her the way.”  Certainly Mary Kay Ash was one such woman.  So are the Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants who gave so many domestic violence survivors a wonderful day of lunch and gifts and celebration.  And although the make-up was cleaned off that evening, these women will continue to carry that “Mary Kay Spirit Down in Their Hearts.” Thank you Mary Kay!

 Jan speaking at Mary Kay for the 'Day of Beauty' for domestic violence survivors

Jan speaking at the 'Day of Beauty' for domestic violence survivors.