The politician Frances Perkins died at the age of 85. Here is all you want to know, and more!
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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.
She was born in Boston, Massachusetts, moving with her family to Worceseter, where her father founded what is now Butler-Deardon Paper.
“The door might not be opened to a woman again for a long, long time, and I had a kind of duty to other women to walk in and sit down on the chair that was offered, and so establish the right of others long hence and far distant in geography to sit in the high seats.” (Frances Perkins)
“But with the slow menace of a glacier, depression came on. No one had any measure of its progress; no one had any plan for stopping it. Everyone tried to get out of its way.” (Frances Perkins)
“Being a woman has only bothered me in climbing trees.” (Frances Perkins)
“To one who believes that really good industrial conditions are the hope for a machine civilization, nothing is more heartening than to watch conference methods and education replacing police methods.” (Frances Perkins)
“Most of man’s problems upon this planet, in the long history of the race, have been met and solved either partially or as a whole by experiment based on common sense and carried out with courage.” (Frances Perkins)