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Religion consists in a set of things which the average man thinks he believes and wishes he was certain of. ~ Mark Twain

FRANCES PERKINS (April 10, 1880): first woman cabinet member, Secretary of Labor in 1933; key contributor to the Social Security Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act

In 2010, fans lamented Elizabeth Perkins' departure from the Showtime hit series Weeds, drawing her five-season turn as the deliciously twisted, sexual and hilarious Celia Hodes to an end. Thankfully, Perkins is making a return to the big screen with Hop, starring opposite Russell Brand, James Marsden and Kaley Cuoco. The actress told People magazine that for years, she used Vaseline as an inexpensive night cream.

"The Woman Behind the New Deal" by Kirstin Downey. Stirring look at the life and impact of Frances Perkins.

“There is an aspiration that binds us. It is the dream of justice for a beloved community. It is the belief that extremes and excesses of inequality must be reduced so that each person is free to develop his or her full potential.” - Paul Wellstone, political science professor, activist, US senator (1944-2002) | Portrait: Robert Shetterly

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe." - Frederick Douglass, anti-slavery orator and writer (1818-1895) | Portrait: Robert Shetterly

Gifted soprano singer Leontyne Price looking elegantly lovely in this wonderful colour portrait.

Dr. Frances Kathleen Oldham Kelsey. Despite enormous pressure, Dr. Kelsey refused to grant approval of Thalidomide for use in the USA while working at the FDA. Her refusal saved thousands of children from being born with deformaties. She also helped institute laws protecting patients during drug trials.

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Julian the Hospitaller; date and artist unknown; Saint-Julien, Puy-de-Dôme, France; photographed on 15 July 2007 by Romary; swiped from Wikimedia Commons; click for source image

I DECIDED TO GET IN TROUBLE -- "When I heard the words of Dr. King, I knew then that I could strike a blow against segregation and racial discrimination, and I decided to get in trouble. I decided to get in the way. But it was good trouble, necessary trouble. Democracy is not a state. It is an act." - John Lewis [one of the "Big 6" leaders of the 1960's movement, Congressman, still fighting for human rights at 72] Portrait: Robert Shetterly

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