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Without a Woman: The Impact of Patsy Mink and Title IX

Updated: May 8

There are many everyday items we would be without if it weren’t for accomplished female inventors. But what about the laws, the bills, and the lifting of restrictions that lead the charge in the fight for gender equality? Title IX was a monumental step forward for women and girls in education and sports, and of course, we have a woman to thank.

In 1964 Patsy Mink was the first woman of color ever to be elected to the House of Representatives. As someone who fought for education for herself, education equity was a prominent cause during her time as a congresswoman. So, in 1972, she became the chief sponsor of Title IX, a bill that stated:

“No person in the united states shall, based on sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

This is the legacy of a woman who fought discrimination every step of her journey. If it were not for Patsy Mink and her dedication to education equity, providing the perspectives of a woman of color in an extremely homogeneous environment of thought, who knows how long it would have been before we saw a law come through that would have as much impact on gender equality as Title IX.

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