It’s hard to believe; but, until the Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974, women could not obtain credit cards separate from their husbands. It was during this time when the board game “What Will I Be?” was manufactured and marketed to “career girls” in schools. The world began buzzing about the idea of women having equal opportunities. Some thought it was just a fad. Others thought it was the beginning of a revolution. Looking back, it’s bizarre to think that anyone could have doubted the possibilities of women gaining ground in society and earning the respect of those around them. Looking forward, it’s bizarre to think that the world could survive without the contributions of women.
I don’t know about your daughters; but, Charm School, Drama School, or Ballet School would not be the best fit for my Kate. She was never one to find interest in the “common” toys or careers that society built for girls. She was not cut out of the same mold. Luckily, she is surrounded by people who have encouraged her to embrace her strengths and interests. I have been amazed at what she has been able to accomplish.
We, as a country, have come far in breaking down the barriers that society has placed in the way of women. This week, one of our very own Wylie High School graduates, Sarah Fuller, made history and broke down some of those barriers.
Every eye was on her.
Sarah is a Southeastern Conference champion goalie for the Vanderbilt Commodores. She made history by playing in the first Power Five football game as a place kicker. This week, she will take the field again to play the Georgia Bulldogs.
We are proud of Sarah and her accomplishments. We are especially proud of the grace and elegance she displayed last week as the world watched her every move. The decisions she has made, and the way she has chosen to carry herself, have helped to prepare her for this time in her life. Few people know about the crooked pathway of Sarah’s journey that led to this moment in the spotlight. From injury and recovery, Sarah started this year on the bench and ended the year in the record books. Over time, while she had every opportunity to give up, she pushed forward with fortitude. She persevered through hardship, and she made the decision to power through adversity. These qualities make her who she is today. These qualities make her a champion. In Wylie ISD, we spend a great deal of time working to ensure that we are preparing our students for the future, giving them the tools they need to be successful, and allowing them the opportunities to maximize their strengths and potential. We are so proud of Sarah and all that she has accomplished. Thank you, Wylie ISD family, for helping us to give ALL of our students the ability to shine. This is what it takes to build champions. This is what it takes to live life the Wylie Way!