FrancesPerkins.FDR.SocialSecurityAct1935

The only woman in the room: Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor and the first woman cabinet member in U.S. history, stands directly behind President Franklin D. Roosevelt as he signs the Social Security Act of 1935. It was her idea, but he had misgivings about whether it would ever pass Congress. Today it’s remembered – monthly – as the greatest and most lasting achievement of the New Deal. (photographer unknown)

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