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Portrait of Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins testifying before the Senate Civil Liberties Committee.

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    Portrait of Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins testifying before the Senate Civil Liberties Committee.
    Portrait of Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins testifying before the Senate Civil Liberties Committee.

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    Portrait of Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins testifying before the Senate Civil Liberties Committee.
    Date
    1940 May 06
    Locale
    United States
    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, College Park

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    Photo Source
    National Archives and Records Administration, College Park
    Copyright: Public Domain
    Provenance: Harris and Ewing
    Source Record ID: 208-PU-155Q-9

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    Biography
    Frances Perkins (1882-1965), Secretary of Labor. Born in Boston, she studied social work at Mount Holyoke College. She became a social worker in New York City, where she sought the improvement of work conditions for women. As governor of New York, Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Perkins to be state industrial commissioner (1929-1933). When Roosevelt was elected president, Perkins was named U.S. Secretary of Labor, making her the first woman to hold a position in a presidential cabinet. She remained in her post for twelve years, longer than any other secretary, fighting for such reforms as minimum wage, maximum work week, the Social Security Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. She served as U.S. Civil Service commissioner from 1945 to 1953.
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