American social reformer and politician Frances Perkins, the Secretary of Labour in Franklin Delano Roosevelt's cabinet, aboard US liner Washington on arrival at Plymouth, bound for a conference in Geneva.
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Why Frances Perkins is so important to U.S. history

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If you’ve been catching up with “The Roosevelts,” Ken Burns’ new documentary series about Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, you probably spotted a Last Word “regular” in it by the name of Frances Perkins, Franklin Roosevelt’s Secretary of Labor and the first woman ever to serve in a president’s cabinet.

We here at The Last Word would like to remind you of the role Frances Perkins played in Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, especially in the creation of Social Security.  Here’s a look back at Lawrence’s Rewrites on Frances Perkins.

The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, 4/11/13, 10:40 PM ET

Democrats and the history of Social Security

In the Rewrite, on the day when President Obama offered changes in Social Security benefits as part of a broader compromise with budget-cutting Republicans, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell looks back at how America’s most popular social program came to be…

The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, 4/11/13, 11:19 PM ET

The woman behind Social Security

In the Rewrite, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell continues his love letter to FDR Labor Secretary and first female Cabinet member Frances Perkins with a look at the challenges America’s most popular social program faced in its early years and how modern…

The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, 7/31/14, 10:41 PM ET

Rewrite: Why no women on U.S. currency?

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Why Frances Perkins is so important to U.S. history

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