Eleanor Roosevelt and Frances Perkins were leading voices for social and economic equality in the early to mid-20th century.  Both women were influential in New York City and New York State politics and took much of what they learned to the national stage.  They were leaders at the Women’s City Club of New York, a century-old nonprofit and civic organization dedicated to shaping public policy to improve the lives of all New Yorkers.

The Perkins Roosevelt Symposium will examine current public policy discussions around Social Security, pay and compensation/FLSA; and health and safety on the job, as well as the broader work of the U.S. Department of Labor on behalf of America’s workforce..

Keynote Speaker: The Honorable William J. vanden Heuvel

Introduction: Harold Holzer, Jonathan F. Fanton Director, Roosevelt House

Panel Discussion: Moderation by Mary Murphree, Board Member, Women’s City Club of New York

Remarks: Michael Chaney, Executive Director, Frances Perkins Center


Nancy Altman, President, Social Security Works
Debbie Berkowitz, Senior Fellow, Worker Safety & Health, National Employment Law Project
M. Patricia Smith, Senior Counsel for the National Employment Law Project.

This program is presented by Women’s City Club of New York in partnership with Frances Perkins Center and the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College.


The Second Annual Perkins-Roosevelt Symposium–The Frances Perkins/Roosevelt Legacy: In Progress or Peril? | Posted on October 18th, 2017 | Public Programs