On what would have been her 133
Lawrence O’Donnell honored the most important liberal woman forgotten from American political history: Frances Perkins, the architect of Social Security.
During Wednesday’s Rewrite segment, O’Donnell payed homage to Perkins–coincidentally on the same day President Obama proposed cuts and changes in these benefits in line with many Republican sentiments.
“The man gets all the credit in popular history, but the woman did all the work,” O’Donnell said. “Social Security was her idea. It would never have become law without her.” As the U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Perkins had immense influence on his policy decisions.