Women's History Month 2021 - SHTM Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Stony Brook University Women's History Month Opening Event
Monday, March 8, 2021
1:00 -  2:15 PM

Themed, Women Voices: From Empowerment to Action, this virtual progam will feature a panel of alumni and faculty who will share their unique stories and experiences in the area of civic engagment. Be inspired by: Shoshana HershkowitzDirector, Stony Brook University Choral Ensembles; Founder, Suffolk Progressives; Annette Hicks Gil '96NYS Attorney; Co-Founder, SestraNow, LLC, a multicultural and international organization for women; Florence (Singh) Chirichiello ’97Licensed Social Worker; Certified School Counselor and Entrepreneur; and Keren Zehani (Zolotov) '97Resource Development expert; Fundraising Consultant for non-profit organizations; Consultant for international organizations in Israel and the US. 
You may register here or go to stonybrook.edu/oma. We hope you will participate!

SHTM Women’s History Month Panel Event
"Powerful Women’s Voices"
Monday, March 22, 2021
5:30 - 7:30 PM

Please join the School of Health Technology and Management on Monday, March 22, 2021 for our panel, Powerful Women Voices. We will engage in discussion about how these powerful women have found and used their own voices to propel them in their academic and professional careers. Moderated by Stony Brook University's Assistant Vice President for Career Development & Experiential Education, Dr. Marianna Savoca, five panelists will share how their voices were found and formed, and how these voices have framed their current endeavors. 

Panelists include:

Elder Sister Leaders
Brooke Ellison, PhD, MPP
Lynda Perdomo-Ayala, MSW, LMSW, CLC
Madeline Quintyne-McConney, MSW

Upcoming Sister Leaders
Melonie Evans-Bonilla, RN
Monica Lorenzo, MS, ATC, CES

For more information and registration for this event, please click here.

Spotlight on Women's History


patsy Mink

Patsy Mink "The Mother of Title IX" (Dec 6, 1927 - Sept 28, 2002)

Born in  Hawai‘i , she was  mistakenly  accepted  as part of a ‘foreign student  quota.’ There was only one other woman in her  class, Minna  Rodnon  Buck.  During law school, Patsy met  and married  John Mink, a graduate student.  Their daughter Gwendolyn was born  in 1952. After earning her law degree,  Chicago law firms  refused to hire  Patsy because of her race and  interracial marriage. The Minks  moved  to  the Territory of  Hawai‘i, where Patsy  became the first woman in Hawai‘i licensed as an attorney. 

When Congress admitted Hawai‘i as a state in 1959, Patsy ran for the sole seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Because she sometimes broke with other Democrats in the Hawai‘i legislature and resisted their efforts to influence her politics, local party leaders  resisted her campaign and  contributed to her  defeat. After the 1960 census, Hawai‘i obtained a second member in the U.S. House. In 1964, Patsy successfully ran for  this  new seat. She served in the House from 1965 until 1977, the first woman of color  and the first Asian American  to do so.  

Patsy Mink is  perhaps  best known for her work with Representative Edith Green and Senator Birch Bayh on Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.  Title IX prohibits discrimination  on the basis of  sex in educational institutions that receive federal funding.  As  its  major author and sponsor,  Patsy has been called, “The Mother of Title IX."

 During her second tenure in Congress, Patsy continued  to advocate  for gender equality and education. She also  cofounded the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus in 1994, and served as its chair.  Patsy died  from complications of chicken pox  just one week after  she won  the House primary  election in 2002.  It was too late to remove her name from the general election ballot, and on November 5, 2002, she was  posthumously re-elected to Congress.