Mary Kay Ash was a famous American businesswoman and the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc. Her strategy of the business was based on Christian philosophy. She asked her employees to give preference, first to God, then family and finally to work. She encouraged women to discover their good sides as mother and wives, while simultaneously also succeed in work. From the age of seven, she not only had to take care of her ailing father, but also had to undertake all household chores like shopping, cooking and cleaning. Her mother always encouraged her by saying, “You can do it, Mary Kay, you can do it”. Later, she made the impossible possible when at the age of 45, after being repeatedly passed over for promotion by male employees, she opened her own company. It started in 1963, with a capital of $5,000, five foundation products and nine sales personnel. Clocking profit within just few months, it continued to grow each year, opening manufacturing units in USA, Switzerland and China. By the time Mrs Ash died at the turn of the century, the company employed more than 800,000 ‘consultants’, who sold $1.2 billion worth of products across the world. Being listed under "The 100 best companies to work for in America” by Forbes Magazine, was another feather in her cap for she actually started the mission to provide equal opportunity for women in world dominated by men.
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