Interview with Frances Perkins' Biographer Kirstin Downey

In this video clip, award-winning journalist Kirstin Downey discusses her biography of Frances Perkins, FDR’s Labor Secretary. Downey was the first female Cabinet member in American history, and her ideas became the cornerstones of the most important social welfare and legislation in the nation’s history, including unemployment compensation, child labor laws, and the forty-hour work week.

Visit Downey’s website and read a review on The Daily Beast.