December 6, 1927

“It is easy enough to vote right and be consistently with the majority . . . but it is more often more important to be ahead of the majority and this means being willing to cut the first furrow in the ground and stand alone for a while if necessary” Patsy Mink

Patsy Matsu Takemoto Mink the first Asian American Woman elected to Congress was born.

Patsy Mink participated in the passage of much of the 1960s Great Society legislation during the first phase of her congressional career.

Patsy Matsu Takemoto Mink was an American attorney and politician from the U.S. state of Hawaii. Mink was a third-generation Japanese American, having been born and raised on the island of Maui. In 1954 Mink founded the Oahu Young Democrats and worked as an attorney for the territorial house of representatives in 1955. Mink won election to that body in 1956 and 1958 before winning a seat in the territorial senate, where she served from 1958 to 1959.

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