"America's first female cabinet member, Frances Perkins served as secretary of labor from 1933 until 1945, longer than any other secretary. Perkins was a committed advocate for working people, establishing the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Labor Standards Bureau. She also strengthened labor-law enforcement and was the primary architect of Social Security." See site for a transcript and audio from the interview.
Columbia University Exhibit:
"This exhibit features correspondence, manuscripts, notes, drafts of speeches, photographs, and memorabilia from RBML's extensive collection of Frances Perkins' papers."
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Radio Broadcast: December 19, 1935
"In this broadcast from December 1935, Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins is defending and explaining the recently passed Social Security Act, while journalist George E. Sokolsky is attacking the new legislation."
BY Hon. Frances Perkins
National Radio Address delivered February 25, 1935
Barely a month after President Roosevelt presented the Report of the Committee on Economic Security to the Congress, along with the Administration's draft Economic Security Bill, Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins went on a national radio broadcast to explain the Administration's proposals to the American people. This was one of the earliest popular explanations of what would become the Social Security program."