In 1964, Patsy Mink became the first woman of color and the first Asian-American woman elected to Congress. As one of only eight women in Congress at the time, she said "I always felt that we were serving a dual role," representing both their districts and American women. True to that approach, she championed legislation concerning childcare, education and gender equity.
Patsy T. Mink, photograph by unidentified artist, ca. 1960-1970
Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress