In honor of Women’s History Month, the documentary Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority will be screened March 4 on Kauaʻi and March 16 on Oʻahu at the William S. Richardson School of Law, in honor of the Patsy Takemoto Mink Legislative Fellowship.
The award-winning film explores Mink’s legacy as the first woman of color to ever serve in the United States Congress.
“Throughout her life there were all these barriers put in front of her and she had to fight to do the things she wanted to do,” commented director and local girl Kimberlee Bassford on a public television interview late last year. Bassford dedicated several years of work to producing the documentary and will speak at the Kauaʻi premiere screening about her experience and Mink’s impact.
A UH Distinguished Alumna Awardee in 1987, Mink was a tenacious advocate of women’s rights who co-authored the ground-breaking Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Often referred to simply as Title IX but also known as the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, the law levels the field for women pursuing a public education and has been especially celebrated for it’s impact on women’s high school and college athletics.
Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority screenings
March 16, 2009, 6:00pm
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law, Classroom 2
Both events are free and open to the public.
The Patsy Takemoto Mink Legislative Fellowship allows a law student interested in public policy and social justice the opportunity to intern in the House or Senate office of a member of the Hawai’i congressional delegation in Washington D.C.