Frances Perkins She formed governmental policy for working with labor unions and helped to alleviate strikes by way of the United States Conciliation Service, Perkins resisted having American women be drafted to serve the military in World War II so that they could enter the civilian workforce in greatly expanded numbers.
Frances Perkins appointed Secy of Labor, March 4, 1933. The appointment by President Franklin D. Roosevelt made Perkins the first female cabinet member in U.S. history. Here, Frances Perkins speaks with Carnegie Steel workers during the early years of the Roosevelt Administration. vis Frances Perkins Center Facebook page.