One of the visionaries behind Title IX—the federal legislation passed in 1972 that mandates gender equality in education—was a fierce and fearless congresswoman from Hawaii, Patsy Takemoto Mink. As Congress’s first woman of color and a 1972 presidential aspirant, Mink served 24 years in Congress, from 1965–1977 and then again from 1990–2002. Mink broke traditional gender boundaries, championed peace, the environment, equality and social justice, and never wavered as an advocate and ally for social change.
Author: Gwendolyn Mink
Gwendolyn Mink is a political scientist and independent scholar. Her coauthored book, Fierce and Fearless: Patsy Takemoto Mink, First Woman of Color in Congress, is due out in May.