Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Frances Perkins Day

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signing the National Labor Relations Act, 1933. Frances Perkins is standing behind the president. June 6, 1933. photo: FDR Library.

Today -- May 13 -- is celebrated in the Episcopal Church calendar as a feast day for Frances Perkins (1880-1965), who was Secretary of Labor in the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration. She served for the entire administration and was the longest serving Secretary of Labor, as well as the first woman in the Constitutional line of succession for the presidency.


Perkins, Frances. The Roosevelt I Knew. Reprint edition. New York: Penguin Classics, 2011.

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