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Name: Patsy Matsu Takemoto Mink                                                     
Born: 6 December 1927 Maui, Hawaii                                                   
Died: 28 September 2002 Honolulu, Hawaii                                             
Patsy Matsu Takemoto Mink (December 6, 1927–September 28, 2002)                   
was an American politician from the U.S. state of Hawaii. Mink was a                 
Japanese American and member of the Democratic Party; she also was the Assistant     
Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific         
Affairs. Mink served in the U.S. House of Representatives for a total of 12         
terms, representing Hawaiʻi's second congressional district. While in Congress     
she was noted for authoring the Title IX Amendment of the Higher Education Act.     
Mink won her last election after her death in 2002. She was the first Asian         
American woman elected to Congress. She was also the first woman elected to         
Congress from the state of Hawaii, and became the first Asian American to seek       
the Presidential nomination of the Democratic Party in the 1972 election, where     
she stood in the Oregon primary as an anti-war candidate.                           
For her significant contributions towards equal rights in the country, Congress     
commissioned a likeness of her image to forever look down upon those who tread       
through the halls of the United States Capitol. They also renamed the Title IX       
Amendment of the Higher Education Act to become the Patsy T. Mink Equal             
Opportunity in Education Act.