Frances Perkins, Godmother of Social Security

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Perkins with FDR
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt rightly receives praise for introducing Social Security. But did you know Frances Perkins, Roosevelt’s Secretary of Labor, “was the energy behind many” New Deal policies? Veer Mudami has written a fascinating profile on Perkins at

A Worcester, Massachusetts native, Frances Perkins implemented programs that “helped deliver Americans from the Great Depression… such as minimum wage, unemployment insurance and, of course, the Social Security Act.”

Now, it’s our turn to take the next step to protect older Americans. We must pass the bill we call the Greatest Generation Benefits Act. This bill would guarantee seniors, age 82 and older, a $85 a month Social Security benefits boost.