For the second time in nine years, Mary Kay Ash was robbed at gunpoint in her Dallas mansion on August 22, 1974. She survived unscathed with her pugnacious personality in tact.
Ten years earlier, the ambitious widow opened her first store in Big D with $5,000, her young son and nine consulants. Then on the day after Christmas 1965, three men wearing Halloween masks robbed the future queen of cosmetics in her own home but left her unharmed.
Four hundred Dallas dressmakers, who made a fourth of what other garment workers earned in other states, joined the union in 1934. Factory owners retaliated by firing them all.
The locked-out women started a picketing campaign of their former bosses that climaxed on August 8, 1935 with an action that attracted press coverage around the country and the world. The picketers stripped ten strikebreakers and fought with police that tried to intervene.