Women's History Month: Frances Perkins
Updated: Jun 2, 2021
(March 1, 2021) Happy Women’s History Month! While there are countless numbers of women who have inspired me, today I’m going to focus on the bright mind who helped give us the weekend: Frances Perkins. Let’s celebrate this humble leader’s passion for justice and public service.
You may know Frances Perkins as the first woman to serve in a U.S. Presidential Cabinet and as FDR’s Secretary of Labor. She was an advocate for workers’ rights and her legacy of legislation includes: the 40-hour work week, minimum wage, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance and Social Security. She also supported the right to organize and collectively bargain, and she successfully led efforts to eliminate child labor. What many people don’t know is that she played an integral part in the planning of the Lincoln Tunnel and she provided refuge to those fleeing Hitler (including the Von Trapp family)!
Given all we are facing as a community, I want you to know that I plan to honor Frances’ legacy when I am County Legislator. On top of receiving lower pay than their male counterparts, working mothers have disproportionately beared the brunt of childcare and household responsibilities during the pandemic. Every day, I will do everything I can to support mothers and all women to ensure that health, equity and economic recovery remain priorities in our County.
Thankfully, I’m not the only one working to bring meaningful and lasting change to the County. Please take a minute to follow and support the bold, intelligent, and tenacious women who are running for a seat on the Onondaga County Legislature: Diane Dwire, Mary Kuhn, Peggy Chase, Sara Aaserud, Shanelle Benson Reid, and Linda Ervin.
In solidarity with trailblazing women everywhere,