Women’s History: Frances Perkins

In the late 30s, women in key government roles were unheard of . . . until Frances Perkins! Her tireless efforts on behalf of the American worker had become public knowledge, and when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt appointed her Secretary of Labor in 1933, she became the first woman member of a presidential cabinet! Social security, minimum wage, and the forty-hour work week—all had Frances Perkins's stamp on them!

From her earliest years, her Christian faith was her driving force for good. In a speech as president of her college class, she concluded by quoting 1 Corinthians 15:58, “Therefore my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord . . . as ye know that your labour is not in vain.” Apparently inspiring her class motto, the class selected “Be ye steadfast!”

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