*** DAILY DO'S - TUESDAY, 6 PM EDITION *** Katie Anthony
It's Women's Month and we are celebrating kickass women, with a particular focus on women of color.
Many of your IndiWA co-conspirators have written short blurbs about some kickass women that you need to know, and tonight, we have our first one, thanks to Melissa Williams!
1. INTRODUCING: IndiWArriors, meet Patsy Takemoto Mink (1927-2002).
- Patsy Mink was the co-author and sponsor of Title IX, which has had enormous implications not only in women's’ athletics, but also in driving parity across the educational system (very notably in regards to increased prosecution of sexual assaults and rapes on college campuses!)
- In 1964, she was the FIRST woman of color elected to the US Congress. She served 12 terms as a Representative from Hawaii, which capped off a run of other firsts: First girl elected president of her high school student body, one of two women in her law school class at the University of Chicago (after having been denied entry into a dozen medical schools to which she applied), and first Asian American woman to practice law in Hawaii. Despite her excellent credentials, she was not taken on by any major law firms, either in Chicago or in Hawaii. Eventually, this kickass woman opened her own firm.
- Rep. Mink grew up as a descendant of immigrants to Hawaii, and she grew up in a community at the mercy of the corporations who owned the sugar plantations. This experience inspired her to champion liberal causes and to get involved in politics.
- “If to believe in freedom and equality is to be a radical, then I am a radical. So long as there remain groups of our fellow Americans who are denied equal opportunity and equal protection under the law ... we must remain steadfast, till all shades of man may stand side by side in dignity and self-respect to truly enjoy the fruits of this great land.”
- Rep Mink, 1960 Dem National Convention (This is 1960 y'all, think about what these words mean from a WOC in America in 1960.)
2. ABSORB: We've learned a bit about Patsy Mink - now what are three words that you would use to describe her? Why is she an important person for us to know, and WHY, oh WHY, have so few of us heard of her? Comment below!
3. REFLECT: How can you carry Patsy Mink's legacy forward, starting right now? Starting tomorrow, on Women's Day? Again, not a rhetorical question - comment below!
#KickassWomen #IndiWA #DailyDos
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
Liz Bander - writer
Angela Teater- Writer