America's first female cabinet member, Frances Perkins served as secretary of labor from 1933 until 1945, longer than any other secretary.
Perkins was a committed advocate for working people, establishing the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Labor Standards Bureau.
Her extensive oral-history interviews were recorded in 1955, 1957, 1960, and 1961.
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She witnessed the historic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911, which gave her desire for labor rights a new urgency.
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