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“A Never-to-be-Forgetten Reminder” & Frances Perkins

Today–March 25th–in 1911 a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Company, located on the top floors of the Asch Building in New York City.   Hearing the clanging of fire bells and the clattering of hooves as horses pulled fire … Continue reading

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Words of Wisdom from Frances Perkins

Eighty year ago in March 1933 Frances Perkins became the first woman in the United States cabinet and the architect of some of the most far-reaching and important reforms and social legislation ever enacted in America, including the establishment of … Continue reading

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Eleanor Roosevelt’s List

During one of her weekly radio broadcasts in March 1935, Eleanor Roosevelt mentioned eleven American women “who have been and are a constant inspiration and help to me.” Here is ER’s list, as reported in the “New York Times” (3/9/1935, … Continue reading

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Rosie the Riveter

August is a busy speaking month with my first event, 8/1, at the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY, where I gave my multimedia presentation based on my book Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front in World War … Continue reading

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Friendships

Friendships were important in the lives of all the historic women I’ve written about. Dorothea Dix, fierce advocate for humane treatment of people with mental illness and head of Civil War nurses, wrote in a poem for her lifelong friend … Continue reading

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Trial Ride with Sophie and Happy Birthday Frances Perkins

I’m going on a trail ride with my granddaughter Sophie (she’s on Spring break) tomorrow, April 10th, and you can be sure, I’ll remember to tell her that it’s the birthday of Frances Perkins, the first woman in the U.S … Continue reading

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Historic Event and Sleep-over

Today, March 25th, is the 101st anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire in New York City, in which 146 workers, mostly young immigrant women died.  I first learned about it while doing research for my biography of Frances Perkins, … Continue reading

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Life Lessons from Frances Perkins

Today–April 1oth–is the birthday of Frances Perkins, the subject of my biography: A Woman Unafraid: The Achievements of Frances Perkins. U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933-1945–the first woman in a president’s cabinet–Perkins was the architect of far-reaching labor reforms and … Continue reading

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Cross references

After giving two speeches yesterday, I hunkered down today to work on Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World. In the process I read a comment about Susan B. Anthony by Charles Dudley Warner. … Continue reading

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