7 unsung heroines who changed the course of history

Erwin Oropesa

Throughout history, women have played critical roles in every field from sports to science. Many of these game-changing heroines , however, didn’t receive the wide recognition they deserved for their contributions, and they remain relatively unknown today.

In honor of Women’s History Month, Know Your Value is recognizing seven, women who conquered all odds to change the course of history. If you didn’t know their names before, now you will.

1. Patsy Mink, House representative

Rep. Patsy Takemoto Mink, D-Hawaii, puts a homemade nameplate on the door of her new office here on Jan. 1, 1965.Bettmann Archive via Getty Images

In 1964, Patsy Mink became the first woman of color to get elected to the United States Congress. Mink, a Japanese-American who served as a Hawaii representative, was elected four years before Shirley Chisolm famously became the first Black female congresswoman in New York.

After facing years of discrimination

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