STEADFAST: The Story of Frances Perkins
A Nonfiction, Biographical, Picture-Book Proposal. Manuscript and 40-page book dummy available on request.
Frances Perkins witnessed the 1911 Triangle Factory Fire as a young social worker in New York City. Galvanized by the workplace tragedy, she decided to devote her life to the rights of the common worker. Frances became a key reformer for worker safety, later becoming the first woman to serve in a Presidential Cabinet. As Secretary of Labor for Franklin Delano Roosevelt, she was chief architect of the New Deal, the vast array of Depression-era programs including minimum wage, the 40-hour workweek, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, and Social Security. Her inspiring achievements go largely unnoticed today. I wish to change that with my picture book STEADFAST: The Story of Frances Perkins.