Rediscovering Government

About This Project

Rediscovering Government
October 4, 2013

As a student at Mount Holyoke College,
Frances Perkins was already working for
change. And she never stopped.
Her life was a testament to the belief
that change is possible.
Today, Mount Holyoke President Lynn
Pasquerella continues that legacy.
President Pasquerella,
on receiving the Open Door Award.
You see a world in need of change, and
you meet it head on.
Just as Mount Holyoke women have
been doing for 175 years—and will keep
doing for the next 175.
“There is always a large
horizon… There is much to
be done… I am not going to
be doing it! It is up to you
to con&ibute some small
part to a program of
human betterment for all
Quote from Frances Perkins
when speaking to Syracuse University
students on February 12, 1960.
Congratulations to
Frances Perldns Center
2013 Award Recipients
Tomlin Perkins Coggeshall &
Christopher Irvine Rice

Dr. Joseph J. Plaud
Trustee, FDR Library & Museum
/ JRLibrary
The test or our progress is not whether we
add more to the abundance of those
who have much; it is whether we provide
enough for those who have too little.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
4079 Albany Post Rd, Park, NY 12538
Rediscovering Government • October 4
Welcome – Christopher Breiseth
Introduction – Jeff Madrick
Presentation of Intelligence and Courage Award
to Ai-jen Poo
Remarks – Ai-jen Poo
Presentation of Steadfast Award
to Sally Greenberg
– Sally Greenberg
Rediscovering Government panel
– Jeff Madrick, Ai-jen Poo, Sally Greenberg
Questions and Answers
A Roosevelt Institute Initiative

Christopher Breiseth
Tomlin Perkins Coggeshall and Christopher l. Rice
Joseph Plaud
The First
Sarah Peskin and William S. Kelley
Hon. Neil Rolde
Warren, Currier and Buchanan
Elizabeth Allen
Mary and Edmund Bartlett
Bruce and Ann Cole
Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
Kirstin Downey
Judy Falk
Susan Feiner
Robert H. Flory, Jr.
Karenna Gore
Elsa Limbach and Taras Filenko
Elizabeth Lubetkin Lipton
Anne Morlan
Gretel Porter
Andrew and Nina Roth-Wells
Hon. Leah W. Sprague
Letitia Wheeler Ufford
Welcoming Committee
Carla Dickstein
Wendy Eichler
Judy Falk
Anna Ginn
Avery Jenkins
Kate McCormick
Peggy Rotundo
Kristin Sims-Kastelein
Bethany Snow
Judy Stein
MaryAnne Young
Christopher Breiseth, Ph.D. – Chair
David Currier, Esq. – Treasurer
Sarah Peskin – Secretary
Members of the Board
Kirstin Downey
Susan Feiner
Sarah Peskin
Gretel Porter
Hon. Neil Rolde
Hon. Leah Sprague
Rachel Post, Director of Development and Communications
The Frances Perkins Center is proud to accept our namesake’s
challenge. There is indeed much to be done if we are to live up
to her example as one of the most significant public servants
of the twentieth century and a role model for all time.

“One thing I know: Social Security
is so firmly embedded in the
American psychology today that
no politician, no political party,
no political group could possibly
destroy this Act and still maintain
our democratic system. It is safe.
It is safe forever, and for the
everlasting benefit of the people
of the United States.”
– Frances Perkins, October 23, 1962

October 4, 2013
University of Southern Maine
“Rediscovering Government”
Jeff Madrick
Jeff Madrick is the Director of the Roosevelt
Institute’s Rediscovering Government
Initiative, economics columnist at Harper’s
magazine and editor of Challenge Magazine.
He is a regular contributor to The New York
Review of Books, former economics columnist
for The New York Times, and author of several
books, including The Case For Big Government
and Age of Greed.
About Rediscovering Government
Launched in March of 2012, Rediscovering Government,
the Roosevelt Institute’s flagship initiative, cultivates a
new narrative to counter the anti-government language,
attitudes, and policies that have dominated American
politics for a generation. Led by Senior Fellow Jeff
Madrick, the program provides a progressive framework
around the evolving role of government, depicting
the ways in which government has fueled innovation,
supported social justice, and improved quality of life
in America.
2013 Frances Perkins Center HONOREES
Three people who exemplify the integrity, work ethic,
and commitment to social justice of Frances Perkins
Intelligence and Courage Award –
Ai-jen Poo
“l promise to use what brains I have to meet
problems with intelligence and courage. ”
Early Frances Perkins speech as New York State
Industrial Commissioner, 1929.
Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)
and Co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign, has been
organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. In 2000 she
co-founded Domestic Workers United, the New York organization that
spearheaded the successful passage of the state’s historic Domestic
Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. In 2007, DWU helped organize the first
national domestic workers convening, out of which formed the NDWA.
Ai-jen serves on the Board of Directors of Momsrising, National Jobs
with Justice, Working America, the National Committee for Responsive
Philanthropy, and the National Council on Aging. Among Ai-jen’s
numerous accolades are the Ms. Foundation Woman of Vision Award,
the Independent Sector American Express NGen Leadership Award,
Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women list, and TIME’s list of the 100 Most
Influential People in the World.
“The people are what matter to government, ana a
government dhoulk) aim to give all the people unaer
itdjuridüiction the beat poaaible life. ”
— Frances Perkins

Steadfast Award – Sally Greenberg
“Be ye steadfast” (from Corinthians 15:58).
Frances Perkins spoke these words at a Mount Holyoke
prayer meeting. Her class adopted it as their motto,
and it became her personal motto.
Sally Greenberg joined the National Consumers League as Executive
Director in October 2007. Under Sally’s leadership, the League continues
to fight the exploitation of children and teens in the workplace, and by
enforcing the protections provided by maximum hours laws and minimum
wage laws, launching a project at the League on Wage Theft, working
for paid sick leave locally and nationally, and supporting and growing
the Child Labor Coalition. Sally came to NCL from Consumers Union,
publisher of Consumer Reports, where she served as Senior Product
Safety Counsel for ten years. At CU, she developed a series of advocacy
campaigns with allies to prevent vehicles from rolling over in deadly
crashes. This protects children from being backed over and killed be-
cause of huge blind areas behind vehicles. Sally has also worked at the
U.S. Department of Justice Foreign Claims Settlement Commission and
the Boston-based Anti-Defamation League.
Special thanks to our summer volunteers
Autumn Beaudoin
Virginia Betts
Morrison Bonpasse
Tim Dinsmore
Julian Frink
Sam Goldsmith
Dottie Lanphear
Kate McCormick
Jim Van Dyke
Libby West
Nan Wilder

The mission of the Frances Perkins Center
is to fulfill the legacy of Frances Perkins,
principal architect of the New Deal,
by continuing her work for social and
economic justice and preserving for futuré
generations her nationally significant
family homestead.
Frances Perkins Center
P.O. Box 281
Newcastle, ME 04553