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Frances Perkins, 1st Woman to Serve in United States Cabinet

Frances PerkinsOn March 4, 1933, the start of President Roosevelt’s first administration brought with it the first woman to serve in the Cabinet: Labor Secretary Frances Perkins. (NY Times article)

From the Frances Perkins Center website Perkins was

(f)irst woman to serve in a presidential cabinet, U.S. secretary of labor for Franklin Delano Roosevelt (and still the longest-sitting secretary of labor in U.S. history), Cornell University guest professor of industrial and labor relations, social worker, factory inspector, New York State commissioner of labor — a pioneering woman in and ahead of her time, champion of the New Deal, close friend and advisor to FDR.

In the spring of 2007, Perkins was cited by the Wharton School as one of 125 most influential alumni in celebration of the school’s 125th anniversary. (Perkins’ page)

Perkins’ Wikipedia page

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