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Perkins, Franceslocked

(10 April 1880–14 May 1965)
  • Susan Estabrook Kennedy

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Perkins, Frances (10 April 1880–14 May 1965), reformer and public official, was born Fannie Coralie Perkins in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Frederick W. Perkins, a wholesale stationer, and Susan Bean. Perkins changed her name to Frances in 1905 when she joined the Episcopal church. After attending the primarily male Worcester Classical High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and physics from Mount Holyoke College in 1902. As a student there, Perkins helped establish a chapter of the National Consumers’ League, an organization dedicated to the abolition of sweatshops and child labor. She had been inspired by her economic history professor Anna May Soule and by the league’s general secretary, ...

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