October 3, 2002 - Issue: Vol. 148, No. 128 — Daily Edition107th Congress (2001 - 2002) - 2nd Session
EXPRESSING SORROW OF THE HOUSE AT THE DEATH OF THE HONORABLE PATSY T. MINK, MEMBER OF CONGRESS FROM THE STATE OF HAWAII
(Extensions of Remarks - October 03, 2002)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E1743-E1744] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] EXPRESSING SORROW OF THE HOUSE AT THE DEATH OF THE HONORABLE PATSY T. MINK, MEMBER OF CONGRESS FROM THE STATE OF HAWAII ______ speech of HON. STEPHANIE TUBBS JONES of ohio in the house of representatives Tuesday, October 1, 2002 Mrs. JONES of Ohio. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in remembrance of my colleague Congresswoman Patsy Mink who served in the House of Representatives for twelve terms. She was the first woman of Asian descent to serve in the U.S. Congress. Representative Patsy Mink's ancestry is the classic story of immigrants seeking a better life in America for themselves and their families. Her four grandparents emigrated from Japan in the late 1800's to work as contract laborers in Maui's sugar plantations. Representative Mink began college at the University of Hawaii, but transferred to the University of Nebraska where she faced a policy of segregated student housing. Working with other students, their parents, and even university trustees, this policy of discrimination was ended. She returned to the University of Hawaii to prepare for medical school and graduated with a degree in zoology and chemistry. However, in 1948, none of the twenty medical schools to which she applied would accept women. She decided to study law and was accepted by the University of Chicago because they considered her a ``foreign student.'' Choosing not to inform the University that Hawaii was an American territory, she obtained her Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1951. Newly married, she became the first Asian-American woman to practice law in Hawaii. In 1956, she was elected to the Territorial House of Representatives. It was the beginning of a long and effective political life. In 1959, Hawaii became the 50th state. In 1965, Patsy Mink was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and began the first of six consecutive terms in the House of Representatives. She was the first woman of color to be elected to Congress. Representative Mink's ability to build coalitions for progressive legislation continued during her tenure in Congress. She introduced [[Page E1744]] the first comprehensive Early Childhood Education Act and authored the Women's Educational Equity Act. In the early 1970's, she played a key role in the enactment of Title IX of the Higher Education Act Amendments. Written in 1972 to be enacted by 1977, Title IX, which prohibited gender discrimination by federally funded institutions, has become the major tool for women's fuller participation not only in sports, but in all aspects of education. Title IX is the reason why girls and women have made such gains in education and particularly in sports. In 1971, only 294,015 girls participated in high school athletics. Today, over 2.7 million girls participate in high school athletics, an 847 percent increase, according to the Department of Education. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to reiterate the importance the legacy of my dear friend Patsy Mink. Congresswoman Mink will be remembered for her deep concern and support of education, women rights, and Pacific Islander issues. Her struggles and accomplishments bear witness to the strength of the American Spirit. ____________________