Labor Secretary Visits Bloomington October 17, 1935
Department of Labor Secretary Frances Perkins, the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet, stopped in the Twin Cities on October 17, 1935. She spoke at Capen Auditorium on the Illinois State Normal University campus. She talked about workplace health and safety.
That’s Perkins on the left. She was greeted at a Bloomington depot (which one is unknown) by ISNU President Raymond W. Fairchild and his wife Nellie. Perkins served as Labor Secretary during Franklin D. Roosevelt’s entire presidency—1932 to 1945.