Tag Archives: Frances Perkins


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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