Monday, August 21, 2006

her claim to fame

These days, I've been reminiscing about high school history class, where my teacher told us about Frances Perkins. FDR appointed her as his secretary of labor in 1933 — making her the first woman in American history to hold a Cabinet post.

Apparently, she played a key role in writing New Deal legislation, including minimum-wage laws. But I never would have remembered this bit of U.S. trivia if not for something my teacher said about her: "They used to call her 'the woman in Labor.' "

To this day, I've always remembered her name and that line. It's funny how things like that stick in your head. :)

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