New York City Names “Frances Perkins Place”

On March 26, 2022, the City of New York honored Frances Perkins, the ‘Mother of Social Security,’ former Hell’s Kitchen resident, and the first woman to serve in a US presidential cabinet,  by naming W46th Street between 9th and 10th Avenue “Frances Perkins Place.”

NYC Mayor Eric Adams remarked, “I think we need to draw on Ms. Perkins — she saw the devastation of the [Triangle Shirtwaist] fire, and she could have said ‘woe is me’, but instead — she said, ‘why not me’. And what she did with her life, turning that painful moment into a purposeful moment, we all benefited from it — she changed the landscape of employment, of safe spaces for employees. Let’s acknowledge the role she played on humankind in New York City.”

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Shining a light on Frances Perkins' legacyFinally getting her due