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Prominent APA Women in the 1970s


Connie Chung is a Chinese-American journalist who was the first woman to co-anchor CBS Evening News. She conducted an exclusive sit-down with President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal.







Helen Zia is a Chinese-American journalist and activist for Asian American and LGBTQ rights. She was a member of the first graduating class of women at Princeton University and was among the founders of the Asian American Students Association. Her activism extended across movements to create cross racial unity among low income people of color. Zia’s journalism played a crucial role in bringing federal civil rights charges against the perpetrators of Vincent Chin’s killing.





Jean Lau Chin is a Chinese American clinical psychologist . Her work explores how genders and ethnicities of clients and practitioners intersect and shape the therapeutic relationship. She pushed for cultural competency within systems in order to better assist intersectional bodies. She serves as a mentor to Asian American women entering psychology, while negotiating the stereotypic expectations people will have.



Jessica Hagedorn is a Filipino novelist, poet, and playwright.








Maxine Hong Kingston is a Chinese American novelist and contributor to the feminist women. Through her writing, she discusses gender and ethnicity and how they pertain to and affect the lives of women.







Merle Woo is a Korean-Chinese American academic, poet, and activist. She incorporated Third World literature into her teaching. In the 1970s, she came out as a lesbian and has been fighting for LGBTQ rights. As a professor at UC Berkeley, she supported student protests against racist and conservative policies. Though she was fired twice, she fired free-speech lawsuits and won the right to continue teaching.




Michi Nishiura Weglyn wrote the landmark 1976 book, “Years of Infamy: The Untold Story of America’s Concentration Camps”. A former costume designer for the popular Perry Como Show in the 1950s, she  herself was incarcerated at age 16 in a camp at Gila River, Arizona, a fact that lent authority and emotional power to this highly regarded work. After the book was published, she became a well known activist in the Japanese American community.




Nellie Wong is a Chinese American poet and activist who writes about feminist and social issues. As a co-founder of Unbound Feet, an Asian American feminist literary and performance group, she has toured colleges and performed her poetry. Her poetry spans issues of feminism, the fight against racism, workplace injustice, and finding identity as a writer and activist.






Patsy Takemoto Mink was the first non-white woman and the first Asian-American woman elected to Congress. She was also the first Japanese woman to practice law in Hawaiian territory. She co-authored the Title IX Amendment of the Higher Education Act, which states that no person in the U.S. shall be excluded from participation in, be subjected to discrimination, or be denied benefits under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.





Reiko True was an exceptional psychologist who was devoted to the advancement of minorities.She became the first female director of Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Forensic Services, and demonstrated the importance of creating multicultural focused programs and women and children focused programs. Throughout her career, she has mentored Asian-American women and served as an advocate for the community.


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