Patsy Mink (1927-2002)

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“We have to build things that we want to see accomplished, in life and in our country, based on our own personal experiences . . . to make sure that others do not have to suffer the same discrimination”

– Patsy Mink

U.S. House of Representatives for Hawaii (D), 1965-1977, 1990-2002

Patsy Mink served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Hawaii for 24 years (12 terms), from 1965 to 1977 and again from 1990 to 2002. She is the first woman of color elected to Congress (the second woman from Hawaii) and the first Japanese-American woman to practice law in Hawaii.

Mink frequently traveled between Hawaii and Washington D.C. to make sure she was staying connected with the issues and concerns of the populace. She successfully served on the Committees of Education and Labor, Interior and Insular Affairs, and Budget, to voice and address these concerns.

Mink focused on issues affecting Asian Americans, women, and families; co-authored and sponsored the Title IX Amendment of the Higher Education Act which was later renamed by President Bush the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act.


“MINK, Patsy Takemoto | US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives,”, n.d.,“Patsy Mink,” National Women’s History Museum, n.d.,

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