Frances Perkins, Woman Behind the New Deal (1933-1945)

Presented by Caroline McIntyre.

Perkins became the first female cabinet member, FDR’s Secretary of Labor,  at the rock bottom of the Great Depression.  She came with a “To Do List” –  workman’s compensation, unemployment insurance, old age and health insurance; a minimum wage, a maximum work week,  and the abolition of child labor.  When she left office 12 years later (longest serving Cabinet Member), she had accomplished all but one – health insurance.  Who wouldn’t want to ask her how it was done?

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