Tag Archives: Frances Perkins

Can’t Be Afraid

“I hear people say that the world is in a crisis . . . . I think crisis has occurred in the world’s history many times. . . .You just can’t be afraid . . . if you’re going to … Continue reading

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Two Landmarks to Inspire Hillary Rodham Clinton

On the eve Hillary Rodham Clinton’s acceptance speech, I’m thinking about and thanking all the pioneering women I’ve written about over the years.  I’m  also thinking about landmarks in D.C. that could inspire and sustain HRC.  Here two: The Department … Continue reading

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Remembering

Remembering the 146 young women workers who died today – March 25 – in 1911 in the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist fire, a transformative event witnessed by Frances Perkins who dedicated her life to fighting for safe working conditions and workers’ … Continue reading

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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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