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 Patsy Mink (She Persisted)
 Author: Keller, Tae

 Publisher:  Philomel (2022)

 Dewey: 328.73
 Classification: Biography
 Physical Description: 59 p., ill., 20 cm

 BTSB No: 512063 ISBN: 9780593402887
 Ages: 6-9 Grades: 1-4

 Mink, Patsy T., -- 1927-2002
 United States. -- Education Amendments of 1972. -- Title IX
 United States. -- Congress. -- House -- Biography
 Japanese Americans -- Biography
 Women legislators -- Biography

Price: $20.48

When Patsy Mink won her seat in the House of Representatives as a Democrat from Hawaii, she became the first woman of color and the first Asian American woman elected to Congress. A co-author of the Title XI amendment of the Higher Education Act, she was a champion of rights for women, children, immigrants, and minorities throughout her twenty-four years in Congress.

 Illustrator: Flint, Gillian

   Kirkus Reviews (04/15/22)
   School Library Journal (07/08/22)
   Booklist (08/01/22)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 07/08/2022 Gr 1–4—Persistence was a character trait that Patsy Mink exhibited from a very young age. Born in Hawaii in 1927, she had a nurturing family that allowed her to pursue her curiosity and explore the world around her. However, life was not without its challenges. Her Japanese ancestry and gender often created roadblocks as she worked hard to advance to higher education. Mink's first choice was to become a medical doctor. Unfortunately, due to prevailing racism and misogyny, she found that goal unattainable. Realizing that helping others was her passion, she found that her competitive nature and interest in government led her to politics. Working hard, she became a star, achieving many firsts along the way, including the first woman of color and the first Asian American woman elected to Congress in 1964. Mink is best known for being a coauthor of the Title IX amendment of the Higher Education Act. This early chapter book's illustrations add to the age-appropriate narrative. Included are a table of contents, references, acknowledgements, and an appended section listing six things readers can do to achieve persistence. Keller's end note explains her use of the term concentration camp over the more commonly used internment camp when addressing the institutionalized racism Asian Americans encountered after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. She noted that the U.S. Supreme Court did not overturn the use of these facilities until 2018. VERDICT This biography's focus on perseverance, prejudice, women's issues, and uncomfortable historical events makes it an important addition to all libraries.—Lynne Stover - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 08/01/2022 This entry in the She Persisted series focuses on Patsy Mink, the first woman of color elected to Congress. Keller takes young readers on Mink's journey through school and politics, showing the inequity that she faced along the way. Mink fought for women's rights, and Keller's simple yet engaging text gives various examples of some of the issues Mink fought, pursued from not being allowed to be a doctor to standing up and making sure her voice was heard in politics. The prose is gentle and well suited to a young audience while never overshadowing the hard work and obstacles that stood in Mink's way. Endnotes share actionable steps readers can take to make change right now. An inspiring and engaging entry. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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