At a young age, Patsy Takemoto Mink learned that working toward a goal could come with challenges. But she never gave up. As the Japanese proverb says, Fall down seven times, stand up eight.
That spirit helped Patsy through life. When she wanted to become a doctor, medical schools refused to admit her because of her gender. So Patsy carved her own path. She went to law school; ran for a seat in the United States Congress; and helped create Title IX, the law that requires federally funded schools to treat boys and girls equally. Although many people tried to knock her down, Patsy always got up again. She was a historic trailblazer who championed equal rights and helped create a better future for all Americans.