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Perkins’ Legacy Resurges During COVID-19

Perkins’ lost legacy is finding new life, thanks to the social and economic similarities to post-Great Depression America that may emerge as the world continues to cope with COVID. “Frances Perkins’ handiwork is the system we’re using right now to relieve the distress of hundreds of millions of people,” Downey says. “The bottom line is that Frances Perkins’ life’s work was recognizing that in the course of human events, bad stuff happens, and it’s predictable that it happens, and what you want to do is create a system of elasticity that helps you have a solution to fix it.”

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Former Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins, left, with Eleanor Roosevelt at the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in March, 1961. KHEEL CENTER/FLICKR (CC BY 2.0)



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April 2024 FPC E-Newsletter

To appreciate thoroughly the life and
accomplishments of Frances Perkins, a great agent
of social change who served as Secretary of Labor
throughout FDR’s tenure, requires recognizing that
faith was the foundation of who she was and all that
she did.