If you’re a woman who played sports, or have girls or women in your life who did or do, then you will want to see this remarkable story that explains who made that possible. This short documentary tells the story of Title IX through the eyes of Wendy, daughter of the amazing Patsy Takemoto Mink, a Japanese American from Hawaii who became the first woman of color elected to the U.S. Congress. The film shows her difficult mission to co-author and defend Title IX, the 1972 law that transformed athletics for girls and women for generations in America. Having met obstacles at so many turns for being a woman and for being a woman of color, she turned those rejections into a determination to make a difference in the world by changing laws that prevented women and others from living freely. This film is a reminder to never take for granted that one person can change the world. As she said while speaking to Congress, "No matter how an individual has been excluded in the past, an individual DOES count!"

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  • Richard

    Quite an inspiring story. Thank you.

  • Audrey

    I remember her well and have always been inspired by her passion, commitment, and persistence. A wonderful example of never giving up and finding another way to make a difference.

  • Patricia Ryan-Curry

    Thank you Patsy T Mink and family! Due to Patsy’s vision and determination, I was able to play HS sports and have physical education classes at a level equal to the boys. This led me to a full scholarship to play Division I basketball in college. My college degree led me to a career as a physical education and health education teacher. The journey and growth of women in athletics and non-traditional female careers can be attributed to Patsy’s work. Thanks to the creators, directors and producers of the documentary. I was not aware of Patsy T Mink’s work prior to watching the documentary.

  • Jo-Neal Graves

    What an inspiring story! And it just so happens that this story affected me in my chosen career. I ended up being a secondary physical education teacher for a portion of my job. What a wonderful woman Patsy was and I am thrilled to know the story of Patsy and Title IX. Thank you Wendy for telling us her story!

  • Diana Turner-Forte

    Oh my gosh!—what a powerful story. More history uncovered. Thank you for bringing the Title IX story to light. I was a high school and college athlete so I’m grateful for the Will and persistence of Patsy Mink.

  • JayCee

    The WHOLE story was inspiring! The revote made me teary eyed. THANK YOU Mrs Patsy Takemoto Mink. Thank you for NEVER giving up or in to the racial and sexist obstacles that were placed in your way. You perseverance lowed both me AND my daughter to enjoy athletic participation in High School AND College. Thank youuuuuuuu

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  • Learn more about women in sports by viewing this timeline.  
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  • Playing sports has a positive impact in the lives of girls, yet girls are not always encouraged to be active. Think of a way that you can support one girl in your circle of influence in playing sports. 

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