At Quest, Inc., we encourage everyone to do their best and be true to themselves. As we continue celebrating Women’s History Month, we want to share two important female figures that did just that.
Patsy Mink was the first Japanese American woman elected to Congress. Patsy was born and raised in Hawaii, but faced gender and race discrimination throughout her life. Because of her gender, she was never allowed to play full court basketball in high school and was rejected by 12 law schools. With this against her, she persisted and became the first Japanese American woman lawyer in Hawaiian history. She didn’t stop there. Patsy was elected to Congress on January 3, 1965. Patsy, along with other Congresswomen, created the Education Amendments of 1972, commonly referred to as Title IX, which prohibited gender discrimination in educational institutions receiving federal aid. Title IX was passed by Congress and signed into law by Richard Nixon on June 23, 1972.
Growing up, Ellen Ochoa, Ph.D., loved science but was told by her teachers that she would never go far in the field. Well, she proved them wrong. Ellen became the first Hispanic American female astronaut in 1991. She served as mission specialist and flight engineer on her first mission aboard the Discovery space shuttle in 1993. She flew again in 1994, 1999 and 2002. On December 31, 2012, she became the first Hispanic American director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center and the second woman in history to hold the title. Now retired, Ellen still encourages young girls to pursue an education in math and science.
These women are just a few in history that we want everyone to learn about. Keep them in mind as we continue through Women’s History Month!