Frances Perkins

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Birthday
10, 1880
Birthplace
Boston, MA
Death Date
May 14, 1965 (85)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
10, 1880
Birthplace
Boston, MA
Death Date
May 14, 1965 (85)

About

The first female appointed to a U.S. Cabinet position, as President Franklin Roosevelt's Secretary of Labor, a post she served from 1933 to 1945. She was one of only two cabinet members to stay in office for the entirety of FDR's tenure as President.

Before Fame

After earning her graduate degree in economics and sociology at Columbia, she served on the committee investigation the horrific Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, which spurred her labor activism.

Trivia

In her 12 years as FDR's labor secretary, she enacted many of his New Deal policies, including the set up of the social security fund.

Family Life

She was born in Boston, Massachusetts, moving with her family to Worceseter, where her father founded what is now Butler-Deardon Paper.

Associated With

Like Jeannette Rankin , in addition to all her political accomplishments, she became a role model for women seeking equality amongst men.