Frances Perkins advocated for women's rights and labor rights during her early career as a social worker and a professor of sociology at Adelphi College.
Her leadership skills brought her to the top levels of New York State government before ahe was appointed the first female presidential cabinet member as Secretary of Labor under FDR.
Perkins was forceful voice for the rights of working people and the power of collective organizing. She sheperded many New Deal reforms including unemployment insurance, child labor laws, a minimum wage,and Social Security Insurance. Perkins, one of the most influential women in U.S. history, would become known as the "Mother of the New Deal."
We honor her legacy by educating and advocating for a more just and equitable society.