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Honoring Frances Perkins, the 'Mother' of Social Security


Honoring Frances Perkins, the 'Mother' of Social Security

Max Richtman

In the iconic photo of Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the Social Security Act of 1935, the dignitaries crowded around the president stare intently at the legislation on his desk. Only one looks directly into the camera. She is the woman without whom we likely would not have Social Security today: Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins – alone in a sea of men, wearing a slim black dress with white buttons and a fashionable tricorn hat.



WOW, Frances Perkins completed the work for Social security in TWO years!!!
O.K. Congress, be ashamed that you can’t get anything done in 2 years or 17 years going on 18 in wars, and federal minimum wage is still $7.25.

So cynical old party sell outs , this is why the Progressive ladies are so popular—because they believe that they can accomplish MUCH for all the people and the nation, and I believe these newest members are not affected by OLD thinking of lost souls .

So Congress, Remember Frances Perkins----and most especially—“Remember the Ladies.” In fact Abagail Adams even said that a long time ago. It’s long past time to make it so! : )



Hear Hear! It’s sobering indeed that the greatest obstacles come from our own species. Eternal remembrance and gratitude for all those who fought to make life livable.

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Yes, she was indeed awesome. But it was actually industrialist/banker/republican Marriner Eccles who first proposed the core ideas of what would become the New Deal, (including Social Security, federal works projects, unemployment benefits, banking reforms, and minimum wage laws), during his testimony at the hearings before the Senate Finance Committee, Second Session of the Seventy-Second Congress, February 1933, before FDR was even sworn in.