Patsy Takemoto Mink
(1927-2002) Often called a trailblazing legislator, Patsy Takemoto Mink opened opportunities for both women and people of Asian decent. She was a third generation Japanese American born in Hawaii. Mink faced racial discrimination growing up during World War II. During her time at the University of Nebraska, she successfully lobbied for an end to the school's segregation policies.
After being denied admission into every medical school for which she applied because of her gender, she chose to attend the University of Chicago Law School instead. After graduating in 1951, Mink was the first woman of Japanese ancestry to practice law in Hawaii. In 1964, Mink again made history,when she became the first woman of color and the first Asian American elected to Congress. Mink was a champion for the rights of women, and other minority groups and was a major proponent of Title IX, which bans any discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded educational program or activity. She is remembered as a pioneer for the equal rights of all Americans.
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