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“Frances Perkins: Champion of American Workers” with Author Ruth Monsell

Tuesday, June 4 @ 6:30 pm 7:30 pm

Ruth Monsell, author of the biography, Frances Perkins: Champion of American Workers, will give a presentation in the Picker Room on Tuesday, June 4, at 6:30 PM about Frances Perkins, the first woman to serve as a cabinet secretary and FDR’s Secretary of Labor. This program is in-person only. Included will be a talk, slide show, readings, a Q&A and book signings. Bring your teens, as this book was written to inspire both adults and young adults!

A captivating biography that tells the inspiring story of Frances Perkins, the first woman to hold a Cabinet-level position in the United States.

As Secretary of Labor under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Perkins played a key role in shaping American labor policy during the New Deal era, fighting for workers’ rights, social justice, and economic security.

From her early life in Maine to her historic tenure in Washington, D.C., this book traces Perkins’ remarkable journey and highlights her enduring legacy as a trailblazing woman in American politics. Written in an engaging and accessible style even for young readers, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in American history, women’s history, and the fight for social justice.

Ruth Cashin Monsell of Camden, Maine, winters in Charleston, SC. She has always actively pursued the arts, including music, painting, and theater, and enjoyed writing. This is her debut book. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Illinois Wesleyan University, began work on a Master s degree on a Fellowship at American University, and received her M.S. in Education at Hofstra University. In her 20’ s she began an-18 year career in education and taught English, American history, art, music, and theater arts, in New York, Connecticut, and Maine. Ruth is the mother of two sons and has two grandsons.