Wanted to give you heads up that I will host author Kirstin Downey this afternoon for the 4:30 EDT labor spot. Kirstin is the author of The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience.
She’s put Frances Perkins, the nation’s first female Labor Secretary and first female cabinet member, back in the public eye where she belongs.
Kirstin is a WaPo reporter who became fascinated with Perkins’ s life and wanted to do justice to her great accomplishments through a biography that is part policy, part human interest story.
Interestingly, Perkins originally opposed creation of the NLRA, but later was talked into supporting it (some labor leaders, like AFL President Green, opposed it as well). But her sense of social justice, combined with her almost always on-the-mark political judgment, resulted in great strides for working families who owe her a lot even today (eg, Unemployment insurance, child labor laws, etc.)
Hope you can stop by.