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New documentary recounts forgotten story behind Title IX vote

Rep. Patsy Mink, D-Hawaii, 1997
FILE - Rep. Patsy Mink, D-Hawaiʻi, meets reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1997, to call on the Senate Judiciary Committee to support Bill Lann Lee's nomination to head the Justice Department's civil rights division. (AP Photo/Joe Marquette, File)

The University of Hawaiʻi held a special sold-out event, “Wahine on the Rise,” on Friday to honor the 50th anniversary of Title IX and the late U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink. But a critical vote almost reversed the effort decades ago. There was a proposed change called “The Casey Amendment,” which could have gutted critical verbiage and changed the outcome of funding women’s athletic programs.

It's the subject of a New York Times documentary short released this summer by Academy Award-winning independent producer Ben Proudfoot. He shared the history behind that pivotal moment in the development of Title IX.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Oct. 14, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at
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