Book Discussion on The Woman Behind the New Deal
Kirstin Downey talked about her biography The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor and… read more
Kirstin Downey talked about her biography The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience (Nan A. Talese; March 3, 2009). Frances Perkins was President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s secretary of labor and the first female Cabinet secretary. During her tenure, Frances Perkins was responsible for promoting public works and employment projects, which included the mandation of the 40-hour workweek, the creation of Social Security, and child labor laws. Ms. Downey responded to questions from members of the audience at this noon event in the Mumford Room of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Kirstin Downey is a contributor to The Washington Post, where she was a staff writer from 1988 to 2008, winning press association awards for her business and economic reporting. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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