Former Governor Martha Layne Collins recognized

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Kentucky’s only female governor to date is being celebrated.

Today, Martha Layne Collins was presented the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s first-ever Woman in Leadership award. Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman presented the honor at today’s first Women’s Summit. Collins is the state’s first and only woman governor, serving from 1983 to 1987.

Her advice to women experiencing sexism? Prove yourself.

“I guess just try to prove your worth as best you can. Come with ideas. Be cooperative, be a part of the team…don’t give your ideas in front of all the people,” said Collins.

Collins’ best advice for women experiencing sexism is to confront the person directly.

“Go to the person you need to talk with so that they’re not embarrassed, and then maybe they will include you,” said Collins.

Collins, a Democrat, at one point was considered as a vice-presidential candidate by Walter Mondale. Since getting out of politics, she has been successful in business and as a professor.

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