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By Mrinalini Kamath

Mary Kay wants to give women ages 18-34 a chance at a career in film while simultaneously opening the door on domestic violence and abuse. Until June 30th, young women can apply to the Mary Kay Inspiring Stories program, where they could win the opportunity to direct a documentary focusing on a story of domestic violence, staffed by an all-female film crew and working with Hollywood actresses who will narrate the films, including Privileged’s Joanne Garcia Swisher. Winners will be informed in August, and the prize includes transportation and accommodations during the seven day film shoot as well as attendance at the premiere, which will take place at the end of September, just before the start of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The documentaries will also be featured online at where audiences can vote, and the winner gets $20,000 to contribute to a domestic violence shelter of their choosing.

Mary Kay teamed up with Dreaming Tree Films for this program because domestic abuse remains the number 1 cause of injury to women ages 15 – 44. In addition to the Inspiring Stories program, Mary Kay will also be contributing a percentage of the sales of the Give Dreams, Give Hopes and Give Joy lipsticks that are part of the Mary Kay Beauty That Counts product line to domestic violence shelters that help women and children victims. The lipsticks will be on sale starting September 2011. But in the meantime, if you’re a woman between 18 and 34 who feels that you have a story to tell and a voice that should be heard, enter the contest now.

Originally published June 2011
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