This year, an important American magazine turns 100 years old. That’s right, Forbes celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2017, a magazine that published its first issue on April 15, 1917. While it tends to publish articles on finance, industry, and investing, it also focuses on technology, marketing, politics, and law—all topics that relate to one another at the end of the day.

As a nation that is built and thrives upon capitalism and the free market, Forbes has become an incredibly influential publication. It is a great magazine to review for tips on saving money, making personal investments and buying stocks, and learning more about the world’s top companies. One of the best pieces they work up each year is the “Forbes 30 under 30” list.

This list recognizes 600 leaders under the age of 30 in 20 different industries, from retail and commerce to social entrepreneurship. Last year, I was incredibly humbled to be among the 30 individuals recognized in the law and policy list. One of my life’s greatest accomplishments was to be the youngest female ever elected to the Ohio House of Representatives. It is something I continue to be proud of as I serve the 50th House District and to be honored by such a well-known and successful magazine was beyond my imagination.

Above all else, my success in breaking this age and gender barrier at the Ohio House was to encourage and inspire other young women. Despite some of the obstacles or discrimination that still exist today, a strong woman can accomplish anything she sets her mind to. As I like to say, little girls with dreams become women with vision.

It is my hope that my inclusion on this prestigious list, and the inclusion of other young and successful women in a variety of fields, will motivate generations of women to come. Each and every year that Forbes comes out with this list, for the next 100 years of its existence, I hope our youth will strive to be included. With big dreams and much faith, anyone can stand up to make a positive difference in our world.

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