Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority
2008 | 57 mins | English
In 1965, Patsy Takemoto Mink became the first woman of color in the United States Congress. Seven years later, she ran for the U.S. presidency and was the driving force behind Title IX, the landmark legislation that transformed women’s opportunities in higher education and athletics.
Mink was also a Japanese American woman who fought racism and sexism throughout her life. Her tumultuous, often lonely political journey reveals what can be at stake for female politicians who defy expectations, push limits and adhere to their principles.
A compelling portrait of an iconoclastic figure seldom spotlighted in history books yet who redefined American politics, the film illuminates how Mink’s daring to remain “ahead of the majority” in her beliefs enabled groundbreaking changes for the rights of the disenfranchised, particularly girls and women.
A woman of the people as well as a pioneer, a patriot and an outcast, Patsy Mink’s intriguing story embodies the history, ideals and true spirit of America.
Distributed by Women Make Movies
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