An Introduction to YWCA O’ahu, Patsy T. Mink and MCBL



Since 1900, YWCA O'ahu has opened doors of opportunity to women for growth, leadership and power to change. Today, over a century later, YWCA is the largest and oldest women's membership organization in the state of Hawai‘i. YWCA O‘ahu is a charter member of YWCA USA and is one of more than 300 community associations nationwide that share the mission of empowering women and eliminating racism. YWCA O'ahu offers a unique place - a place where women and girls can build relationships for life and have opportunities to move forward in their careers and give back to the community. Three centers at YWCA—Fernhurst, Kokokahi and Laniākea—provide valuable programs and services that develop women and girls' social, economic, leadership and community building skills. 


The Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership (MCBL) was established by YWCA O'ahu, the Small Business Administration and a community of partners to become the only Women’s Business Center in Hawai’i. The center is part of a national network of WBC’s and is named in honor of Patsy T. Mink, the first female Asian-American and the first woman from Hawai'i to serve in the United States Congress. 


The mission of the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership is to promote the economic and leadership advancement of entrepreneurs and women at all stages and levels of their careers. Whether seeking to excel in their career, grow an existing business or launch a new venture, MCBL is here to support and guide our clients on their journey forward. Providing comprehensive training for individuals who are ready to START a business, GROW a business or LEAD a business, MCBL offers a variety of workshops and programs designed to fit the needs of current and future entrepreneurs.

Here is an excerpt from the film, Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority.

 “A firecracker and a fighter, she continually pushed the limits of what was acceptable, speaking out against the Vietnam War and entering the 1972 presidential primary, making her one of the first women to seek the nation’s highest office. She transformed America’s schools as the co-author of Title IX, the landmark legislation that opened up higher education and athletics to women.

Mink’s accomplishments, however, reveal a woman whose political journey was lonely and tumultuous. Dispelling stereotypes of the compliant Japanese female, she battled sexism within her own party, whose leaders disliked her independent style and openly maneuvered against her.

Simultaneously a woman of the people and a pioneer, a patriot and an outcast, her story proves endlessly intriguing, and one that embodies the history, ideals and spirit of America.” (Making Waves Films)