Frances Perkins: “What You Really Want Is an Autopsy”

(1940)

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As secretary of labor during Franklin Delano Roosevelt's administration, Frances Perkins was a tireless advocate for New Deal social reforms. The first woman to hold a cabinet position, she restructured and refocused the Department of Labor and was instrumental in crafting the Social Security Act of 1935 and the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. A passionate speaker, Perkins developed her oratory skills as a spokesperson for women's suffrage and social reforms in the early 1900s. Early in her career, she persuaded politicians to pass legislation to improve...

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