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Colman, P. (2010), A Woman Unafraid: The Achievements Of Frances Perkins.

Monthly Labor Review, 112(6). As the first Frances Perkins Center intern, Brenner worked under the guidance of Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Kirstin Downey, author of Frances Perkins’s biography, The Woman Behind the New Deal. Berg, G. (1989), Frances Perkins and the flowering of economic and social policies. In fact, the New Deal laid the groundwork for many of the later gains made by women, but as was the case in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, the task of securing those rights was not easy and did come without a struggle. Frances Perkins, 1880-1965, was the United States Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945, the first woman appointed to the US Cabinet, and longest serving Secretary of Labor. Our guest, journalist KIRSTIN DOWNEY, is a former staff writer and current contributor for the Washington Post.

In her biography of Perkins, The Woman Behind the New Deal, author Kirstin Downey recounts that Perkins would lie in bed late at night working on the administration’s Social Security plan, intermittently dripping cold water onto her eyelids to stay awake. Frances Perkins, the first woman to serve on a presidential cabinet, was FDR’s Secretary of labor, close friend and advisor.

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The woman behind Elizabeth Warren’s blueprint for the presidency Frances Perkins, the first female Cabinet secretary, is a model for how to bring activism to government. Nan Talese. Fannie Coralie Perkins was born on April 10, 1880, on Beacon Hill, a few blocks from Boston Common, according to NPR. The woman behind the New Deal: The life of Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor and his moral conscience. ISBN-13: 978-1450207737 Downey, K. (2010), The Woman Behind the New Deal, The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins. A close friend and loyal supporter of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, under whom she served, Frances Perkins is a principal architect and champion of the New Deal. Additional information. Note : This entry first appeared as a column in The Maryland Social Worker (Spring 2012) Dan Czitrom on MHC Alumna Frances Perkins One of Mount Holyoke's most distinguished alums, Frances Perkins, is the subject of a new book by former Washington Post reporter Kirstin Downey, titled The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR's Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience. She helped shape the New Deal legislation, including minimum wage laws, child labor laws and Social Security. “She took very seriously how she as a woman could work in a man’s world. Frances Perkins "was in every respect a self-made woman who rose from humble New England origins to become America’s leading advocate for industrial safety and workers’ rights," according to the Frances Perkins Center. Brenner helped compile and organize Downey’s books and papers about Perkins, which will be donated to Mount Holyoke’s archives.