New Episode of Ms.’s On The Issues With Michele Goodwin Podcast: Fifteen Minutes of Feminism: Reflecting on the Legacy of the Mother of Title IX


On the Issues with Michele Goodwin is a popular, issues and policy-focused podcast featuring feminist analysis, insightful conversations and exciting guests. This is the first podcast from Ms. magazine, a legacy feminist publication. In each bi-weekly episode, host Dr. Michele Goodwin and special guests will tackle the most compelling issues of our times, centering feminist concerns about rebuilding our nation and advancing the promise of equality. 

A new episode—Fifteen Minutes of Feminism: Reflecting on the Legacy of the Mother of Title IX—is available now on Apple PodcastsSpotify and

It’s been 50 years since Title IX — the historic federal legislation that transformed the landscape of gender equality in public education — was officially passed. In this episode, Dr. Goodwin reflects on the legacy of its chief proponent: Patsy Takemoto Mink. Joined by Rep. Mink’s daughter, Professor Gwendolyn Mink, they honor the woman who defied all the odds to become the first woman of color in Congress. 

A full transcript of the episode may be found here, as well as a few excerpts below:

“There were only 10 other women in the House of Representatives when she first took office. So there was a sense of struggling alone, and a sense of bucking up against opposition every time you opened your mouth — either opposition or erasure every time you opened your mouth.” — Wendy Mink

“I think that when people are in that kind of circumstance as the trailblazers or the only people allowed into the room, they develop a strong sense of accountability to the people outside the room, to the people who put her there.” — Wendy Mink

Meet the Host of On the Issues: Dr. Michele Goodwin is a frequent contributor to Ms. Magazine and on She is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Irvine and also serves on the executive committee and national board of the ACLU. Dr. Goodwin is a prolific author and an elected member of the American Law Institute, as well as an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Hastings Center. Her most recent book, Policing The Womb: Invisible Women and The Criminalization of Motherhood is described as a “must read.”

About Ms. Magazine: Co-founded by Gloria Steinem in 1972 and published by the Feminist Majority Foundation since 2001, Ms. magazine has been a trusted, popular source for feminist news and information in print and online for nearly 50 years. Ms.’s time-honored traditions of an emphasis on in-depth investigative reporting and feminist political analysis have never been more relevant, bringing a new generation of writers and readers together to share news, analysis, research and strategies for fighting back and moving forward, for shaping the future.


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