Patsy Takemoto was a third generation Japanese American born in Hawaii in 1927. From a young age she was interested in politics and won her high school election becoming class president. Patsy graduated as valedictorian and then went to college at University of Nebraska. Because of significant racial discrimination, she transferred to University of Hawaii. After college, Patsy attended law school at the prestigious University of Chicago Law School, where she met her husband, John Mink, and gave birth to her daughter. They returned to Hawaii where Patsy started her own law firm after being turned down for law positions based on racial prejudice. She was influential in Hawaiian politics for many years before running for Congress. Patsy went on to be the first woman of color elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Patsy was not only the first Asian American woman to serve in Congress, but also to run for president. As a congresswoman, Patsy fought for gender and racial equality, sponsoring important legislation like the Women’s Educational Equity Act and Title IX. Patsy Takemoto Mink is a stunning example of perseverance, hard work, and determination. These earrings are named in her honor. Shop the Patsy earring today!