Oct. 30—“Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority,” an award-winning documentary that chronicles the life of the late Rep. Patsy Mink, will be screened on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum, 369 E. First St. in Little Tokyo.
Mink, the first woman of color to be elected to Congress in 1965, spent her life fighting racial and gender discrimination and left a lasting legacy with her authoring of the Title IX legislation that provided more collegiate sports opportunities for women. She also became the first Asian American to officially seek the presidency in 1972.
Born Patsy Takemoto on the island of Maui to Nisei parents Suematsu and Mitama Takemoto, she attended Maui High School and ran for student body president in an era when girls rarely ran for election in high school.
Mink refused to allow this situation to stand and organized a movement that eventually overturned the policy. After preparing to go to medical school by majoring in zoology and chemistry, Mink found that none of the 20 medical schools she applied to enter would accept a woman. That disappointment led her to enter law school at the University of Chicago with the thought that she could change these unfair situations through the judiciary. For more information, visit www.janm.org.