CHRONOLOGY OF A LONG & PRODUCTIVE LIFE
1933 - 1945
Major accomplishments of her 12-year tenure as Secretary of Labor included:
Social Security Act:
Directed the development and passage of landmark law establishing old age pensions, unemployment insurance, survivor benefits.
CCC, NRA, PWA, WPA:
Instrumental in creating major New Deal jobs programs. U.S. Employment Service. Created by Wagner-Peyser Act.
Fair Labor Standards Act:
Maximum hours and minimum wages in all interstate industries; restrictions on child labor.
Bureau of Labor Standards:
Industrial accident and occupational disease prevention; working condition improvements through research and union/employers conferences.
National Labor Relations Act:
Right of workers to organize, collective bargaining.
International Labor Organization (ILO):
Coordinated effort for U.S. membership.
Saved thousands of refugees by limiting deportations to Nazi Germany.
1945 - 1952
Appointed to U.S. Civil Service Commission by President Harry S. Truman.
Wrote best-selling biography of FDR titled “The Roosevelt I Knew.”
1955 - 1965
1955-1965 Visiting professor at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
1955 - 1965
1965 Died in New York City, buried in Newcastle, Maine.