Life Story: Patsy Mink (1927-2002)

Congresswoman and Equal Rights Supporter

The story of a 12-term Japanese-American congresswoman from Hawaii and coauthor of Title IX.

Patsy Takemoto Poster

Patsy Takemoto Poster, 1970. Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Patsy Takemoto Mink of Hawaii with Staff

Patsy Takemoto Mink of Hawaii with Staff, 1965. Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Women of Congress Photograph

Women of Congress Photograph, ca 1960. Master File Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Personalities, World Events, and American Economic, Social, and Cultural Life, compiled ca. 1953 – ca. 1994. National Archives and Records Administration.

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Suggested Activities

  • Invite students to conduct a close study of the three images related to this life story. How does each add to their understanding of Patsy’s life and career? Which images stands out most to students?
  • Read Patsy’s life story in conjunction with the life stories of Bella Abzug and Helen Gahagan Douglas. How did each congresswoman approach her political career to bring about change?
  • Title IX is most famous for expanding the realm of women’s sports in schools and beyond. Connect Patsy’s life story to that of Billie Jean King and consider how both leaders shaped the world of women’s sports.
  • Bella Abzug, Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, and Patsy Mink were founders of the National Political Women’s Caucus. Review their respective resources in WAMS and encourage students to think about what each woman brought to this organization and their motivations for participating.



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