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Well before Barack Obama’s election in 2008, the New Deal was emerging as an instructive model for those trying to understand, and address, what is now known as the...
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President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, which established benefits for the elderly, the blind, the handicapped, dependent women and children, and the unemployed.
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Frances Perkins (1880–1965) was an industrial reformer and the first female member of a president’s Cabinet. Perkins started her career as a social worker and worked briefly at Jane Addams’s Hull House. In 1912 Perkins became the executive secretary of the Consumers’ League of New York. She went on to serve several labor agencies, including the New York State Industrial Commission, the New York Council of Organization for War Service, and the State Industrial Board. She was named New York State industrial commissioner in 1929 by then...