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Sunday Scroll: Iconic AAPI Women

This Sunday, take a scroll with us to celebrate the legacies of remarkable Asian American & Pacific Islander women who have shaped history and continue to inspire. Tap the photo to shop the modern-day interpretations from Mestiza to embrace their timelessly elegant style!

Patsy Takemoto Mink was the first Asian American woman to be elected to the United States House of Representatives. In 1972, she also became the first Asian American to seek the Democratic nomination for president.

Maria Angelita Ressa is a Filipino and American journalist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021. She is the co-founder and CEO of the news organization Rappler. Prior to this role, she dedicated nearly twenty years to working as a lead investigative reporter for CNN in Southeast Asia.

Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu, frequently referred to as the “First Lady of Physics” and the “Chinese Marie Curie,” is recognized as one of the most distinguished physicists in history. She played a crucial role in the development of the atomic bomb for the United States during World War II.

Vera Wang, born in New York City in 1949, is a renowned fashion designer of Chinese descent known for her transformative impact on the bridal industry through her elegant and sophisticated designs. Initially, Wang pursued careers in figure skating and journalism before finding her true calling in fashion design.

Yuri Kochiyama was a revolutionary civil rights activist whose experiences profoundly shaped her advocacy. Her childhood was marked by her forced relocation to a Japanese internment camp. As an adult, her friendship with Malcolm X significantly influenced her contributions to American activism in the 20th century.

Nobuko Miyamoto chose to leave Broadway and Hollywood behind in the late 1960s, no longer wanting to perform songs written by others. She sought her own artistic voice and found it at the Basement Workshop at 54 Elizabeth Street in New York City. There, Miyamoto connected with fellow artists and activists who were exploring and defining what it meant to be Asian in America. Together with singer-songwriter Chris Iijima, she founded the group Yellow Pearl. They toured the United States, performing at anti-war and pro-worker rallies.

Corazon "Cory" Aquino became the first female president of the Philippines. During her presidency, she facilitated the creation of the 1987 Constitution, which curtailed presidential powers and restored the bicameral Congress, effectively dismantling the prior dictatorial regime.

Jhumpa Lahiri, an author born in London to Bengali parents, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 with her first short story collection, "The Interpreter of Maladies." Relocating to Rhode Island when she was three, Lahiri grew up influenced by her grandfather's tales of India and her father's vast collection of books. These early experiences with storytelling profoundly shaped her writing career.

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