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Marking the 50th anniversary of title IX

Photo courtesy House Majority Communications Office

Maui State Sen. Rosalyn Baker speaks in front of the statue of Maui-born Congresswoman Patsy Takemoto Mink in front of the Hawaii State Library in Honolulu on Thursday during a ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, also known as Title IX. Passed June 23, 1972, the act was a landmark piece of legislation for gender equity, prohibiting educational institutions from receiving federal funds if they discriminated on the basis of sex in admissions, recruitment, financial aid, housing or athletics. “Congresswoman Mink was a trailblazer for women nationally, not just in Hawaii,” Baker said. “She was also a tireless advocate for gender equity in education and access to quality childcare for all families.” First Lady Dawn Imano-Ige and Hawaii Supreme Court Associate Justice Sabrina McKenna also spoke at the event, which was co-sponsored by the Hawaii Women’s Legislative Caucus, Hawaii Women Lawyers, Zonta Club of Leilehua and University of Hawaii.

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