KIRSTIN DOWNEY – The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience

    Frances Perkins, the first woman to serve on a presidential cabinet, was FDR’s Secretary of labor, close friend and advisor. She helped shape the New Deal legislation, including minimum wage laws, child labor laws and Social Security. Our guest, journalist KIRSTIN DOWNEY, is a former staff writer and current contributor for the Washington Post. She’s written a biography on Perkins called, “The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience.” Listen to the mp3

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