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Historic Change: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of the Honorable Patsy Takemoto Mink

Join the National Women’s History Museum, the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum, and the United States Mint to celebrate the life and legacy of the Honorable Patsy Takemoto Mink and commemorate the release of the 2024 Patsy Mink quarter, the twelfth coin to be released in the U.S. Mint’s American Women Quarters™ Program. Program Participants: - Ventris C. Gibson, Director, United States Mint - The Honorable Mazie K. Hirono, United States Senator - Frédérique Irwin, President and CEO, National Women’s History Museum - Dr. Felicia Kornbluh, Professor of History and of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, University of Vermont Burlington and coauthor, Ensuring Poverty: Welfare Reform in Feminist Perspective - Erika L. Moritsugu, White House Deputy Assistant to the President and Asian American/NHPI Liaison - Elizabeth A. Novara, Historian/American Women’s History Specialist, Library of Congress - Gwendolyn Mink, Daughter, Patsy Mink, and co-author, Fierce and Fearless: Patsy Takemoto Mink, First Woman of Color in Congress - The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker Emerita, U.S. House of Representatives - Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, National Women’s History Museum Scholars Advisory Council Member; Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine and Director of the Humanities Center; and co-author, Fierce and Fearless: Patsy Takemoto Mink, First Woman of Color in Congress - Yao-Fen You, Acting Director, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center Patsy Takemoto Mink was the first woman of color elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and the first Asian American woman to serve in Congress. In addition to writing bills like Title IX, the Early Childhood Education Act, and the Women’s Educational Equity Act, Mink was the first Asian-American to run for U.S. President. Learn more about Mink’s life and legacy during this special celebration, which will include remarks, a panel discussion, and the short film.