Today in women's history: Frances Perkins appointed Secretary of Labor

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The appointment on March 4, 1933, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt made Perkins the first female cabinet member in U.S. history. Legislation brought about under her administration included the National Labor Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Social Security Act.

Kim Bobo's book, "Wage Theft In America, Why millions of working Americans are not getting paid and what we can do about it, " has a wonderful chapter about Frances Perkins. Bobo presents Perkins as "the most important Secretary of Labor in the Nation's history." and a model for what is needed now.

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