Some of my best memories from my youth are from playing sports. Those experiences taught me teamwork, leadership, confidence, perseverance, and much more – all qualities that have combined to make me a successful businesswoman, mother, lawmaker, and even occasionally, a livestock farmer. I participated in women’s competitive school sports during a time when women were fighting for equality, on and off the field.

Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972, ensures that “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

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