The Woman Behind the New Deal



On April 8th, 2018 The League of Women Voters of Needham along with Progressive Needham, Women’s Suffrage Celebration Coalition of MA, Needham History Center & Museum, Needham Women’s Club hosted author and Frances Perkins Center board member Kirstin Downey for a standing room only crowd at the The Center at the Heights. Downey shared an engaging talk followed by discussion about her book, The Woman Behind the New Deal: Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor.

Many thanks to Karen Price and Susan Kirk for spearheading this fabulous event.

Click here to watch the Needham Channel’s video recording of the event.

Many thanks to Georgina Arrieta-Ruetenik for sharing her photography. From top: Audience at Center for the Heights, author Kirstin Downey being introduced by Frances Perkins Center Board Chair, Sarah Peskin.

Below, left to right: Massachusetts State Representative Denise Garlick, Sarah Peskin, Needham League of Women Voters President, Karen Price, Kirstin Downey signing books following the event, birthday cake and card for Frances Perkins.


audience at event

Sarah Peskin introducing Kirstin Downey Needham



Garelick, Peskin, and Price Needham
Social Security birthday cake