Friday, September 5, 2008

Women Inspiring Women (or Men...)

****Editor's Note*******

Hi everyone! I wanted to take a moment to re-post what Praying4Courage posted a few days ago.

I believe this post may have gone unnoticed because of the circumstances surrounding it. (Labor Day Weekend, The "mini-series", and the fact that many of us didn't even realize who Sarah Palin was!)

So, without further ado, I ask you to please enjoy this post from Praying4Courage... and if you enjoy it, leave some thoughts about it.




Regardless of party lines it is clear that the 2008 elections are challenging the traditional role of women in the world. From Hillary Clinton to Sarah Palin America is being told that women are capable leaders. They don’t necessarily have to make it into the White House to shake up the traditional image of women. There have been many other women throughout history who have re-shaped the world’s view of women in various ways.

I challenge you to share the story of a woman in history who you feel is particularly inspiring or who has shaped history. For variety’s sake if you are going to pick Mary Kay then add a second woman as well. Also, lets try to avoid any political mud slinging here. The two politicians were named as a reference to our point in history not as an endorsement of either party.


  1. Would anyone be excited to learn that Sarah Palin uses Mary Kay and her consultant is a Director!!

    For real!

  2. Well I knew she was one smart women. Did you see her complexion it is beautiful.

    The women that have impacted my life are not famous however they are in my eyes. They are my Grannie Pepper, Aunt Doris and Aunt Annie. They are all good Christian women that do not waiver. I am so blessed to have had them in my life.

    Have a Good Day.

  3. MK4Me... I was just going to say that!

    Anyway.... I have been inspired by many women.. One was a good friend who went through some horrible times, but always had a smile, a kind word, and encouraged everyone around her. She wasn't famous, but she sure inspired me to be more caring and encouraging, even (and probably more important, especially) when things are not good.

  4. Palin uses Mary Kay! I knew it! I mean, I didn't "know" it, but I had a feeling...I was looking at her closeups and saying, whe wears her makeup exactly right and her skin is beautiful. Mk4me, can you tell me when/how you found this out? I would love to let my customers know...

  5. This so funny! I was looking at her and thinking, "Oh, she looks great. It would be awesome if she wore Mary Kay!" Looked like she was wearing a nude lip . . . like "Tanned".

    Ha. Please tell how you found out.

  6. A director friend of mine has a power partner. Her power partner, a sister director, is Sarah's consultant.

    So I don't have it in writing but a reliable source.

  7. Thanks for the info, MK4ME...I'd like to pass the info on to my National if she doesn't know it because I think it's great news for the matter your political opinion, it's very validating to know that.

    So, speaking of women inspiring women...I was just on Linked In. Like I told you all, I'm also a marketer, and I'm really on that to connect with business contacts. Anyhoo, Bill George, a professor at Harvard posted the question: "Which CEO and/or company represents authentic leadership to you and why?" He's speaking at the World Business Forum in New York City this month, and he's authored a book on leadership principles. Well, I couldn't resist posting about Mary Kay and her inspirational leadership:

    Mary Kay Ash.
    She started her company 45 years ago when women had few options in business. She saw the unfairness from her own experience and wanted a company that allowed women the chance to succeed while keeping their family priorities first. She stuck to her guiding principles when people thought she was crazy, and even bought back her company from Wall Street when they were making decisions that negatively effected her products and independent sales force.

    The business model she created -- from how sales are made, to product development and quality -- empowers and protects the consultants and consumers. She believed in rewarding, empowering, and inspiring. She taught the importance hard work to achieve success, and of customer service to attract loyalty, and built the brand based on customer service and strict quality control.

    She died a few years ago, but her legacy continues, and she's made more women millionaires and six-figure income earners than any other company in the world. If authentic leadership means inspiration to succeed, then Mary Kay Ash I believe, is a true role model.

  8. "She died a few years ago, but her legacy continues, and she's made more women millionaires and six-figure income earners than any other company in the world. If authentic leadership means inspiration to succeed, then Mary Kay Ash I believe, is a true role model."

    What do you base this statement on? Is there some kind of proof that there are more MK millionaires? My director used to tell us this all the time, but could never figure out where she learned it from. I'd love to be able to tell her where to back up her favorite statement.

  9. Actually, Arabella has a point. That is NOT a true statement and it is in Mary Kay literature. The At-A-Glance Brochure addresses this very statement. Give me a minute to go get the info. ;)

  10. From the At-A-Glance Brochure:

    Fiction: Eighty percent of all women millionaires in the world
    own a Mary Kay business.

    Fact: More than 200 Independent National Sales Directors in
    the United States have earned more than $1 million
    in commissions.

    I get so annoyed at misinformation that is so readily available to us all. Representing a company positively also means representing it accurately. JMO, giving false information that is positive is just as bad as generalizing the negatives.

  11. Sorry I annoyed you, Pinked Off. I guess didn't mean to pass on one of those "telephone" rumors we talked about. And I appreciate your clarification. I certainly don't want to be one to pass on misinformation.

    My point was that I believe Mary Kay was one of America's best CEO's and company founders, and that she's been an inspiration to me.

  12. I wasn't speaking directly to you, Shashew; but those little slips are commonplace and have led to a lot of the MK debate and controversy. I'm just annoyed, in general, that it happens often and I have seen directors make the same mistakes as new consultants. I guess I just wish people in general would be more aware of what's what. That's all. ;) Those errors fuel the anti-MK fire. So, although I know that you were not intending to mislead (common sense), someone else might read that statement and think you were. ;) And I do know that your point was not to state the number of millionaires MK produces, but rather to point out the significance of Mary Kay Ash. ;)

  13. OK. I can totally relate to what PO'd is saying. Tonight my director allowed two brand new consultants with less than a year each in the business to do training. It was fine they were talking about some non-skin care classes they did, but she had them talk about promotions. They "read" from her sheet that MK is doing another model of beauty search. Well, 20 evites and talking to someone in person later, I find out we are doing just a local contest in our unit (still pretty cool). I corrected my evites, but I have to call this girl back and tell her I was totally wrong. It is embarrassing. It makes me look like I don't know what I'm talking about.

    See why info needs to be clear? I told my director I think she should do all training. I even offered to do the skin care or whatever for guests. I'm ready to move up. Does anyone else think newbies shouldn't be training? Is it just me? I'm UBER annoyed. I don't think consultants should do training unless they are A.) driving free or B.) in DIQ. JMO. Or if they did something specific that is newish they can talk about JUST THAT. BLAAAAHHHH!!!
    Done venting. Sorry, P4C. I know it has nothing to do with your topic. :(

  14. Perhaps i feel my FIRST POST coming on!

  15. Anyone else see the tidbit in People about what lipstick Sarah Palin wears now?

  16. Ah yes, MAC. Better for under the camera lights. :) Stage makeup.

  17. Oh, and if I need to back that up, I learned it growing up on stage and found this online (

    Some history and background on MAC
    Frank Toskan, 45, founder and CEO of Make-up Art Cosmetics (MAC), was previously a Canadian hairstylist, make-up artist and photographer. He developed his own professional cosmetics because he felt that the existing lines didn’t work well with the harsh lighting used in photography, stage, film and video work. Over the last 10 years, MAC cosmetics has introduced 160 shades of lipsticks in 7 different finishes, 150 eye shadows, 60 blushes and hair care.

    The founder of MAC first started at his kitchen table with the help of his high school chemistry book. With Victor Casale, his chemist brother-in-law, he blended a few new colors. One year later, Toskan formed a partnership with Frank Angelo, a veteran entrepreneur (previous owner of a chain of beauty salons). At first they were turned down by banks, they had to mortgage everything in order to get the company going. Today, MAC cosmetics are one of the highest demand cosmetic line available.


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