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Patsy Mink was the first woman of color and Asian-American elected to Congress; she served five consecutive terms representing Hawaii. She was the principle author and sponsor of the Title IX bill, which required gender equality in every educational program that received federal funding, and had its most enduring effect on funding women in sports. Mink was also the first Asian-American to run for president in 1972, campaigning on an anti-war platform.

(Bettmann—Getty Images) 22 Women From History Who Were 'Firsts' in Their Fields: Patsy Takemoto became the first woman of color elected to Congress in 1964 (representing Hawaii).

In 1965, Patsy Mink was the first woman of color and Asian-American elected to Congress. She served a total of 12 terms representing Hawaii. Mink was the principal author and sponsor of the Title IX bill, which required gender equality in every educational program that received federal funding. She was also the first Asian-American to run for president.

In Patsy Mink was the first woman of color and Asian-American elected to Congress. She served a total of 12 terms representing Hawaii. Mink was the principal author and sponsor of the Title IX bill, which required gender equality in every educationa

Ivy J.C. Stranahan (ca. 1900)    Fort Lauderdale pioneer who worked for the rights of women and Native Americans. While serving as the president of the state suffrage league in 1917, she lobbied in the legislature for the right of women to vote.

Ivy J. Stranahan (ca. Fort Lauderdale pioneer who worked for the rights of women and Native Americans. While serving as the president of the state suffrage league in she lobbied in the legislature for the right of women to vote.

Claudia Gordon, the first deaf African American female attorney in the U.S., has been an advocate for people with disabilities since high school. It was her desire to address societal barriers faced by people with disabilities that motivated her to pursue a legal education and career. Since graduating from law school and being admitted to the Maryland Bar, Claudia has conducted numerous empowerment & legal education outreach and training to organizations in both the U.S. & St. Thomas USVI.

“This incredible woman is Claudia Gordon, Claudia Gordon, the first Black deaf female attorney in the U., has been an advocate for people with disabilities since high school. It was her desire to address societal barriers faced by.

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Clara Stanton Jones, the first African American president of the American Library Association.

Clara Stanton Jones May 1913 Clara Stanton Jones born ; first African American director of the Detroit Public Library and first African American president of the American Library Association

Naziha Dulaimi, an early pioneer of the Iraqi feminist movement. A cofounder & first president of the Iraqi Women's League, the first woman minister in Iraq’s modern history, & the first woman cabinet minister in the Arab world.

A Forgotten Heroine: Civil rights activist Daisy Bates fought to dismantle Arkansas’ segregation laws.

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A Forgotten Heroine: Civil rights activist Daisy Bates fought to dismantle Arkansas’ segregation laws. (And looked fabulous while doing it!

Pauli Murray, civil rights lawyer and Episcopal priest, was born in 1910. She became the first African American person to earn a doctorate at Yale Law School in 1965. Murray also co-founded the National Organization for Women. In 1977, Murray made history again when she became ordained as an Episcopal priest.

Dr Anna Pauline "Pauli" Murray, first black woman Episcopal priest, among her many other notable accomplishments.

Eunice Cofie is an inventor, biologist and former Miss Black Florida USA. She's also CEO of her own company. Aspiring entrepreneurs will want to watch this video, part of the "It's Your Business — Run It!" series from Girl Scouts of the USA.

Eunice Cofie is an inventor, biologists and former Miss Black Florida USA. She's also CEO of her own company. Aspiring entrepreneurs will want to watch this video, part of the "It's Your Business — Run It!" series from Girl Scouts of the USA.

Women's Army Corps Charity Adams Earley enlisted in the U.S. Army's Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in July 1942. She was the first African American woman to be an officer in the WAAC. Later she served as the commanding officer and battalion commander of the first battalion of African American women (6888th Central Postal Direction) to serve overseas during WWII (in England). They helped soldiers get mail during World War II.

Women's Army Corps Charity Adams Earley enlisted in the U.S. Army's Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in July 1942. She was the first African American woman to be an officer in the WAAC. Later she served as the commanding officer and battalion commander of the first battalion of African American women (6888th Central Postal Direction) to serve overseas during WWII (in England). They helped soldiers get mail during World War II.

Tammy Duckworth is the first Asian-American woman elected to Congress in Illinois, the first disabled woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and the first member of Congress born in Thailand. She is an Iraq War veteran who served as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot, losing both of her legs and damaging her right arm. She was the first female double amputee from the war. She still continues to serve as a Lt. Colonel in the Army National Guard.

Next mission for female vets: Storming the halls of Congress

Tammy Duckworth, a veteran of the Iraq conflict and a double amputee, blasted a corporate CEO who contracted with the IRS and claimed a veterans' disability from a minor injury he suffered during preparatory school.

Today In History, July 30, 2012:  "Eugene Kinckle Jones", the first Executive Secretary of the National Urban League, was born in Richmond, VA, on this date July 30, 1885. He was one of the seven founders (commonly referred to as Jewels) of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at Cornell University in 1906. Jones became Alpha chapter’s second President and co-authored the Fraternity name with Henry Callis.’  (photo: Eugene Kinckle Jones)  - CARTER Magazine

Today In History ‘Eugene Kinckle Jones, the first Executive Secretary of the National Urban League, was born in Richmond, VA, on this date July He was one of the seven founders (commonly.

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