Happy 85th Birthday (Dec. 6), Patsy Matsu Takemoto Mink! She was the first woman of color elected to Congress, and the first Asian American to seek the Presidential nomination of the Democratic Party in 1972.

If you just accept and do nothing, life goes on. But if you see it as a way to change, life doesn’t have to be unfair. It can be better. Maybe not for me; you can’t change the past. But maybe for the future. I can make it better for someone else so they don’t have to go through what I did.

- Patsy Mink

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