If Hawai`i’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), the most ethnically diverse medical school in the U.S., had existed at the time, would Patsy Takemoto have become a physician?The late Congresswoman and Maui native applied to 20 medical schools in her youth, but was accepted at none. In 1948, she had two strikes against her: she was female, and her last name gave away her ethnicity. But determined to succeed, Patsy Takemoto did what many women did at the time–and something most women of her generation couldn’t even dream of. She married, taking the name Patsy Takemoto Mink, and she earned a law degree and became the first Asian-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress. There, she co-sponsored Title IX, passed in 1972, to build a legal foundation against sex discrimination in education.
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
“In the spirit of Title IX, and to honor the legacy of Patsy Mink, do not give discrimination or harassment a home at JABSOM,” said Dean Jerris Hedges. “Report it immediately.”