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Frances Perkins

Women's Economic Security Depends on Raising the Wage and Expanding Social Security

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

Seven out of 10 Americans support increasing the minimum wage, and a full three out of four support expanding Social Security. For the women of today, and of the generations that will follow, it's time to act.

Women's History is Our History: Part Two

Carl Fillichio | Posted 05.20.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

Last week, in honor of Women's History Month, I suggested five titles worth reading from the U.S. Department of Labor's Books that Shaped Work in America list. This week, I'm suggesting four more because, as we seek to improve the future for working women, it's so important to reflect on where we've been.

The Feminine Mystique and Women's Equality -- 50 Years Later

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.20.2013 | Books
Peter Dreier

Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique -- published 50 years ago this week -- catalyzed the modern feminist movement and catapulted its author into becoming an influential and controversial public figure.

Victory! Transforming Occupy Wall Street From a Moment to a Movement

Peter Dreier | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Is the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon a moment of protest or a movement for sustained change? Will Rose Gudiel become the Rosa Parks of a new economic justice movement?

When Unions are Strong, Americans Enjoy the Fruits of Their Labor

David Morris | Posted 06.08.2011 | Politics
David Morris

n the last generation, US unions have shrunk in size and influence, largely as a result of a withering attack by corporations and Republicans.

Amanda Terkel

Maine Labor Mural Is GONE

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Maine Department of Labor quietly took down a mural depicting the state's labor history over the weekend, after Gov. Paul LePage (R)...

Maine Governor Paul LePage Reveals the Fears of the Right

Harvey J. Kaye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey J. Kaye

Governor LePage has made it quite clear that, contrary to their repeated claims, conservatives do not revere the nation's history but actually fear it.

Maine Gov. Orders Labor History Mural Taken Down

Talking Points Memo | Benjy Sarlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

It's Diego Rivera Redux in Maine, as Governor Paul LePage is taking down a mural in the state Department of Labor building depicting the history of th...

Amanda Terkel

Maine Governor Orders Removal Of Labor Mural

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Governor Paul LePage (R-Maine) has sparked a fresh battle with the state's union community, ordering a mural at the Department of Labor ...

The 50 Most Influential Progressives of the 20th Century

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

We all stand on the shoulders of earlier generations of radicals and reformers who challenged the status quo of their day. Unfortunately, most Americans know little of this progressive history.

Bold New World: Reflections on Netroots Nation 2010

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

Beware the myth of the monolith -- we netroots activists come from all walks of American life to do the hard work of creating harmony from cacophony in a tradition as patriotic as our country's motto, E Pluribus Unum.

Our Grandmothers, Ourselves: Social Security Under Fire

Lynn Parramore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lynn Parramore

It's true that the Wall Street-fueled recession has taken its toll on Social Security's revenues. But who do the deficit hawks want to pay for the greed that got us into this? Your grandmother.

Feminomics: Breaking New Ground - Women and the New Deal

David Woolner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Woolner

Looking back more than 70 years, we can see that the precedent for making sure that working women benefit from such federal programs as unemployment insurance came from the New Deal.

A Woman Who Got it Right

Rep. Carolyn Maloney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Carolyn Maloney

Today marks the 76th anniversary of Frances Perkins' nomination as Labor Secretary in FDR's cabinet, and it's worth revisiting her distinguished career for insights into weathering our current economic crisis.