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30 Things To Learn From Badass Historical Moms

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You can’t shortchange her

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Who came up with the idea of minimum wage? This lady right here. Her name was Frances Perkins, and she was a trailblazer on every level.

Before she became the first acting female cabinet secretary, serving under FDR as Secretary of Labor, she was a factory inspector for the state of New York. She was also the breadwinner in her family, as her husband struggled with his mental health. Frances was in her highest role during the Great Depression, an economic hardship she was determined to help workers fight. It was then she came up with the minimum wage and the advent of social security. She finished her career as a professor at Cornell University.

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