#117164 Overall Influence

Patsy Mink

American politician


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From Wikipedia

Patsy Matsu Mink was an American attorney and politician from the U.S. state of Hawaii. Mink was a third-generation Japanese American, having been born and raised on the island of Maui. After graduating as valedictorian of the Maui High School class in 1944, she attended the University of Hawaii at Mānoa for two years and subsequently enrolled at the University of Nebraska, where she experienced racism and worked to have segregation policies eliminated. After illness forced her to return to Hawaii to complete her studies there, she applied to 12 medical schools to continue her education but was rejected by all of them. Following a suggestion by her employer, she opted to study law and was accepted at the University of Chicago Law School in 1948. While at university, she met and married a graduate student, John Francis Mink. When they graduated in 1951, Patsy Mink was unable to find employment as a married, Asian woman, and after the birth of their daughter in 1952 the couple moved to Hawaii.

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University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Public co-educational research university and flagship University of Hawaiʻi system

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Public university in Lincoln, Nebraska, United States

Wilson College

Private liberal arts college in Pennsylvania

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#10669 World Rank