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.
"Very slowly there evolved… certain basic facts, none of them new, but all of them seen in a new light. It was no new thing for America to refuse to let its people starve, nor was it a new idea that man should live by his own labor, but it had not been generally realized that on the ability of the common man to support himself hung the prosperity of everyone in the country." - Frances Perkins, Social and Labor Reformer, Secretary of Labor, Teacher (1880-1965) | Portrait: Robert Shefferly
Frances Perkins appointed Secy of Labor, March 4, 1933. The appointment by President Franklin D. Roosevelt made Perkins the first female cabinet member in U.S. history. Here, Frances Perkins speaks with Carnegie Steel workers during the early years of the Roosevelt Administration. vis Frances Perkins Center Facebook page.