The Woman Who Would Not Take No

Upon graduation from college, Patsy Takemoto Mink was refused admission to medical school because she was a woman. So, she went to law school. No law firm in Honolulu would hire her because she was a woman, so she ran for Congress. She was the first Asian-American woman and the first minority woman to serve. In her 14 terms, she helped pass major legislation, including the Title IX Amendment.

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About Richard Diedrichs

Richard Diedrichs grew up in Los Angeles. He edited travel and health magazines in Seattle, worked as an editor at the schools of Engineering and Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, and then taught Fourth and Fifth grades and Kindergarten in public elementary schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. He lives on Hawaii Island.

Richard remembers writing a story in sixth grade about a ghost in his bedroom closet. He majored in English literature and journalism in college. He studied fiction writing with novelist Wallace Graves and currently works with fiction writer and esteemed instructor Joe Evanisko. He has published short stories, novellas, novels, non-fiction, and a book on Buddhism for children.

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The Woman Who... Series presents short essays about women who have contributed significantly to the hearts and minds of humanity.

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