DALLAS, TX (August 26, 2020) – Below is a statement by Julia A. Simon, Chief Legal Officer and Chief Diversity Officer, Mary Kay Inc., on the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th amendment establishing women’s right to vote in the United States:


100 years ago today, the collective voice of women in the United States became louder with the passing of the 19th amendment. A woman’s right to vote—to have her thoughts, ideals, and beliefs acknowledged at the ballot box—was an important step in an equal rights movement that continues to this day. This centennial is worthy of celebration, but our fight for women’s rights is far from over. According to World Economic Forum, at the current rate, it will take 140 years to achieve gender equality in top leadership positions and 99.5 years to have a gender equal world.


I encourage our peers in private and public industries to amplify women’s voices not only in business but also in their communities, country, and world. Support and accommodate your employees’ right to vote, and make conscious choices to promote and hire women at every level of the organization.


Women: I encourage you to always exercise your constitutional and human right to vote in all local and national elections. Democracy is not a spectator sport. 


About Mary Kay

One of the original glass ceiling breakers, Mary Kay Ash founded her beauty company more than 56 years ago with three goals: develop rewarding opportunities for women, offer irresistible products, and make the world a better place. That dream has blossomed into a multibillion-dollar company with millions of independent sales force members in nearly 40 countries. Mary Kay is dedicated to investing in the science behind beauty and manufacturing cutting-edge skin care, color cosmetics, nutritional supplements and fragrances. Mary Kay is committed to empowering women and their families by partnering with organizations from around the world, focusing on supporting cancer research, protecting survivors from domestic abuse, beautifying our communities, and encouraging children to follow their dreams. Mary Kay Ash’s original vision continues to shine—one lipstick at a time. Learn more at MaryKay.com.