Eighty three years ago, the U.S. Senate confirmed Frances Perkins as Secretary of Labor. Sec. Perkins was the first woman cabinet member in United States history—she joined forces with President Franklin Roosevelt as an architect of the New Deal and the Fair Labor Standards Act, abolishing child labor and establishing a minimum wage and overtime pay for workers around the country.
Join us for the discussion of the book "The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins, Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, and the Minimum Wage" by Kristin Downey. Description from friendsofthepalmspringslibrary.org. I searched for this on bing.com/images
Frances Perkins (born Fannie Coralie Perkins; April 10, 1880 – May 14, 1965) was the U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945, and the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet. As a loyal supporter of her friend, Franklin D. Roosevelt, she helped pull the labor movement into the New Deal coalition. She and Interior Secretary Harold L. Ickes were the only original members of the Roosevelt cabinet to remain in office for his entire presidency.
Frances Perkins, first female Cabinet Secretary and the architect of many of the labor laws we have today such as minimum wage, overtime, unemployment benefits, and the standard 40 hr work week. C/o Ashley C.
Frances Perkins, a social worker, was the first woman to be appointed to the cabinet of a U.S. President. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Secretary of Labor, Perkins drafted much of the New Deal legislation in the 1940s.