Thanks to Frances Perkins: Fighter for Workers' Rights

November 19, 2020
Thanks to Frances Perkins: Fighter for Workers' Rights

How many years will it be until you turn sixty-two? What yearwill that be? Once you've read Thanks to Frances Perkins, you’llknow why these are important questions - and why you may want tothank Frances Perkins.After Frances Perkins witnessed the Triangle Waist Factory firein 1911, she was forever changed. While some activists pressedfactory owners for change, Frances decided to work to bring aboutnew laws that would force employers to treat people better and makeworkplaces safer. When she became Secretary of Labor in FranklinDelano Roosevelt’s administration ― the first woman cabinet member― Frances had the opportunity to make real her bold vision of acountry where no one was left out. As a result of the SocialSecurity program that she created, we have built a society where wehelp one another.Deborah Hopkinson's energetic text and Kristy Caldwell'sappealing illustrations introduce readers to a fascinating womanwho has changed many American lives. Back matter features moreinformation about Frances Perkins, Social Security, and resourcesfor economic education.