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A random historical footnote: People you may not know about, but probably should. By Robert Peeples

When Frances Perkins was a little girl she asked her parents why nice people could be poor.
Her father told her not to worry about those things, and that poor people were poor because they were lazy and drank. Eventually she went to Mount Holyoke College and majored in physics. In her final semester she took a class in American economic history.
She toured the mills along the Connecticut River to see working conditions. She was horrified.
Eventually, instead of teaching until she married, she earned a masters in social work from Columbia University. In 1910 Perkins became Executive Secretary of the NYC Consumers League.
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