Patsy Mink was a third generation Japanese American from Hawaii. She spent her life fighting against the barriers against her and other women. Known as the Mother of Title IX she served in the U.S. House of Representatives for a total of 12 terms.
Mink was the first non-white woman and the first Asian American woman elected to Congress. She was also the first woman elected to Congress from the state of Hawaii, and became the first Asian-American to seek the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party in the 1972 election, where she stood in the Oregon primary as an anti-war candidate. From 1978-81, Mink served as the president of Americans for Democratic Action. She was also the Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.