TO HONOR CONGRESSWOMAN
PATSY TAKEMOTO MINK
WHEREAS Patsy Mink was the first Asian Pacific American woman to practice law in Hawaii, and the
first Asian American woman to be elected to the Hawaii Territorial Legislature;
WHEREAS In 1964 Patsy Mink
became the first woman of color ever elected to the United States Congress, as
an Asian Pacific American woman of Japanese American heritage from the then new
State of Hawaii; and
WHEREAS In the early 1970’s, Patsy Mink played a key
role in the enactment of Title IX of the Higher Education Act Amendments. She introduced the first comprehensive Early
Childhood Education Act and authored the Women’s Education Equity Act; and
WHEREAS She co-authored Title IX of the Education Act, which
mandates gender equality in any education program or activity receiving federal
financial assistance. Title IX has led
to the more women and girls being able to play sports and an increase in female
students enrolling in graduate schools.
Title IX was renamed the "Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education
Act” in October of 2002. OCA strongly
supports Title IX and stands against those who seek to dismantle the
WHEREAS Patsy Mink served as Chair of the Congressional Asian
Pacific American Caucus; and
WHEREAS President Jimmy Carter appointed her
assistant secretary of state for oceans, international, environmental and
scientific affairs from 1977 to 1978.
Mink worked hard to reduce noisy helicopter flights over national
parks. While in Congress, Mink helped
write environmental protection laws safeguarding land and water in communities
affected by coal strip mining; and
WHEREAS Patsy Mink won a seat on the Honolulu
City Council in 1982 and was chairwoman from 1983-85; and
WHEREAS In 1990, Patsy Mink won a special
election to regain the 2nd Congressional District seat representing rural Oahu
and the neighbor islands after U.S. Sen. Spark Matsunaga died and U.S. Rep.
Daniel Akaka was appointed to his seat; and
WHEREAS Patsy Mink authored a
fair and compassionate bill that would have helped women provide for their
families and enhance their futures through education.
WHEREAS Patsy Mink has always staunchly supported OCA’s efforts and
activities. Patsy Mink was honored by
OCA with its Outstanding Citizen Achievement Award in 1999.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that OCA
recognizes her as the first woman of color elected to
Congress, the first Asian Pacific American woman to practice law in Hawaii, and
the first Asian Pacific American elected to the Territorial House. We would like to offer our condolences to
Patsy’s husband, John, and her daughter, Wendy.
FURTHER THAT IT BE RESOLVED that the Organization of
Chinese Americans commends her for all her efforts to fight for issues that
affect the rights and lives of Americans who are women, children, minorities,
poor, and disfranchised. We will preserve
her legacy by committing ourselves to expand her work and philanthropy.