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France Perkins becomes the First Woman Appointed to a Presidential Cabinet

Mar 4, 2016
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On this day in 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated, and appointed Frances Perkins as his Secretary of Labor. As the first woman appointed to a presidential cabinet position, Frances Perkins helped implement the New Deal, fought to establish the minimum wage, and contributed to the creation of the Social Security system. Perkins served longer than any other Secretary of Labor, from 1933 to 1945.