Fierce and Fearless: Patsy Takemoto Mink, First Woman of Color in Congress

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New York University Press
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6.3 X 9.1 X 1.5 inches | 1.65 pounds

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About the Author
Judy Tzu-Chun Wu (Author)
Judy Tzu-Chun Wu is Professor of Asian American Studies and Director of the Humanities Center at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of Doctor Mom Chung of the Fair-Haired Bastards: The Life of a Wartime Celebrity and Radicals on the Road: Internationalism, Orientalism, and Feminism during the Vietnam Era.

Gwendolyn Mink (Author)
Gwendolyn Mink was Professor of Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Smith College. She is the author and editor of many books, most recently coauthor of Ensuring Poverty: Welfare Reform in Feminist Perspective.

"Challenging myths of equal opportunity and equal treatment, Fierce and Fearless chronicles Patsy Takemoto Mink's transformative leadership as she fought for ethnic, racial, gender, and environmental justice--and an end to war--even as she encountered systemic discrimination, physical and psychological abuse, and betrayal by her party. This gripping narrative illuminates the extraordinary policy accomplishments and the astounding personal costs of a principled and pathbreaking life in U.S. politics."--Mary Hawkesworth, author of Gender and Political Theory: Feminist Reckonings
"This is an exquisite biography of Patsy T. Mink, an extraordinary woman, legislator, and the force behind the passage of Title IX. The collaboration between Judy Tzu-Chun Wu and Patsy Mink's daughter, Gwendolyn Mink, is rich, productive, and compelling. They produce a subtly textured blend of personal anecdotes and memories, biography, and post-WWII historical change. Fierce and Fearless demonstrates that Congresswoman Patsy T. Mink is a singular example of politics and policy driven by vision, ethics, and values. This inside look into the Mink family is a powerful read into the fierce, egalitarian values of Patsy T. Mink. Beautifully written, inspiring, and poignant."--Dana Y. Takagi, author of The Retreat from Race: Asian-American Admissions and Racial Politics
"Wu and Mink celebrate the incredible life of this feminist advocate from Hawai'i, showing us why Congress renamed Title IX the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act in 2002. This thoroughly researched and beautifully crafted narrative highlights Mink's environmental, civil rights, peace, and anti-poverty work, how she bridged electoral politics and grassroots advocacy, and how she challenged the establishment from within to widen the arc of social justice."-- "Eileen Boris, author of Making the Woman Worker: Precarious Labor and the Fight for Global Standards, 1919-2019"
"Mink's imprint on so many important moments--supporting the 1965 Voting Rights Act, ending the Vietnam War, introducing Title IX--have been overlooked for far too long. We need to return to her example of intersectional legislative feminism to better bridge grassroots concerns and political action today."-- "Leandra Ruth Zarnow, author of Battling Bella: The Protest Politics of Bella Abzug"
"Fierce and Fearless plants Patsy Mink firmly within the panoply of feminist history and makes clear her unique brand of lawmaking, one that combined her many identities as a woman of color and pioneer of intersectional legislative feminism. In this regard, the book is a must-read for scholars of intersectionality and will make an excellent addition to syllabi in a range of courses."--Sara Sadhwani "Perspectives on Politics"
"Any scholar of politics, social justice, feminism, or Hawai'i history will benefit from a close reading of Fierce and Fearless. Students, in particular, will find the book's clear overview of civil rights struggles from the unique perspective of a pioneering politician to be enlightening. This splendid and moving biography deserves a wide audience--if nothing else, to remind us that real change requires the guts and tenacity that Patsy Mink demonstrated throughout her career."-- "The Hawaiian Journal of History"