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Madam Secretary

Author: George Martin

Year Published: 1976

Description: This biography by George Martin details the life and work of Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor from 1933-1945 and the first female cabinet member, who was a tireless advocate for workers' rights and principal architect of the nation's minimum wage, overtime, child labor, social security and other landmark employment regulations during Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration.  In so doing, the book provides significant insight into depression-era America, the New Deal, and the worker protections and social safety net that still shape the nation's workforce today. 

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'It is a great historic irony that Frances is now virtually unknown. Factory and office occupancy codes, fire escapes and other fire-prevention mechanisms are her legacy.'

Madam Secretary

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