As the first woman of color in the U.S. House of Representatives and the namesake for Title IX, Patsy Takemoto Mink served in Washington, D.C., from 1965 to 1977 and again from 1990 to 2002. In between, when Mink was in her fifties and sixties, she continued her political advocacy at the federal and local levels. This essay reflects on two aspects of Mink’s political career during the period between her terms of service in the U.S. Congress. The first is how she explored the personal and the political through her experience of being subjected to reproductive medical experimentation. The second is her engagement with the Honolulu City Council, which reveals her deep commitment to transparent, democratic governance and her belief that a responsible state can address the needs of marginalized communities. Mink’s time away from Congress reveals the consistency of her intersectional feminist political vision.
Restarting at Midlife: Reflections on Patsy Takemoto Mink
JUDY TZU-CHUN WU is a professor of Asian American studies and director of the Humanities Center at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of Doctor Mom Chung of the Fair-Haired Bastards: The Life of a Wartime Celebrity (2005) and Radicals on the Road: Internationalism, Orientalism, and Feminism during the Vietnam Era (2013), and coauthor with Gwendolyn Mink of Fierce and Fearless: Patsy Takemoto, First Woman of Color in Congress (May 2022).
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Judy Tzu-Chun Wu; Restarting at Midlife: Reflections on Patsy Takemoto Mink. California History 1 May 2022; 99 (2): 81–86. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ch.2022.99.2.81
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