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The Woman Behind the New Deal

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Frances Perkins was named Secretary of Labor by Franklin Roosevelt in 1933. As the first female cabinet secretary, she spearheaded the fight to improve the lives of America’s working people. Her ideas led to key social welfare legislation in USA's history, including unemployment compensation, child labor laws, and the forty-hour work week. Written with a wit that echoes Frances Perkins’s own, award-winning journalist Kirstin Downey gives us a riveting exploration of Perkins' career.

The Woman Behind the New Deal

by Kirstin Downey
About
The Book
Frances Perkins was named Secretary of Labor by Franklin Roosevelt in 1933. As the first female cabinet secretary, she spearheaded the fight to improve the lives of America’s working people. Her ideas led to key social welfare legislation in USA's history, including unemployment compensation, child labor laws, and the forty-hour work week. Written with a wit that echoes Frances Perkins’s own, award-winning journalist Kirstin Downey gives us a riveting exploration of Perkins' career.
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What Sarah Bloom Raskin says

This book landed mysteriously one day on a chair in my office at the Federal Reserve Board, without attribution, while I was awaiting Senate confirmation for the Treasury. By the end of the first chapter I found myself transfixed by the first female cabinet secretary, who in 1936 was maneuvering her way through a new administration.