She Dared (2020) - for woodwind quintet plus piano - (12:20)
Comissioned by the Women's Wind Ensemble
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In an interview with Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) from the documentary, Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority, Waters stated, “...when they were hiding on the issues and did not take them up because they didn’t think they would be politically popular, she dared to say the right things for poor people and for women. Those were not very popular subjects...” Patsy Mink (D-HI) (1927-2002) was a pioneer for equity and inclusion, with her most famous accomplishment being the enactment of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Not only was Mink the first woman of color elected to the House of Representatives, but she was the first Asian-American woman to serve in Congress. Her work included introducing over 400 pieces of legislation and serving in 13 terms in the House of Representatives. She was persistent, confident, and compassionate. She dared to make the United States more equitable for people like me, and I am grateful to Representative Mink for her determination.
All text spoken in “She Dared” is from various pieces of legislation introduced by Patsy Mink while she was in her official position as Representative. Because these texts were created by a federal government employee while she was in her official capacity, they are in public domain.