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Portrait of Frances Perkins sitting at her desk.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 04696

Portrait of Frances Perkins sitting at her desk.

Frances Perkins (1882-1965). As President , Roosevelt appointed her U.S. Secretary of Labor--the first appointment of a woman to the U.S. cabinet. Her appointment was bitterly criticized by business, political and labor leaders. As Secretary of Labor she promoted adoption of the Social Security Act, advocated higher wages and helped standardize state industrial legislation. After she resigned, she served from (1946-52) as a member of the U.S. Civil Service Commission.

Circa 1938
United States
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, College Park
Record last modified: 2007-03-27 00:00:00
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