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Ten random things: March 4

Ten female Cabinet officers:

  1. Carla Anderson Hill (Housing and Urban Development, March 10, 1975 – January 20, 1977)
  2. Mary Peters (Secretary of Transportation, October 17, 2006 – January 20, 2009)
  3. Ann Dore McLaughlin (Secretary of Labor, December 14, 1987 – January 20, 1989)
  4. Kathleen Sebelius (Secretary of Health and Human Services, April 28, 2009 – present)
  5. Barbara Franklin (Secretary of Commerce, February 27, 1992 – January 20, 1993)
  6. Janet Napolitano (Secretary of Homeland Security, January 21, 2009 – present)
  7. Margaret Spellings (Secretary of Education, January 20, 2005 – January 20, 2009)
  8. Alexis Herman (Secretary of Labor, May 1, 1997 – January 20, 2001)
  9. Frances Perkins (Secretary of Labor, March 4, 1933 – June 30, 1945)
  10. Elaine Chao (Secretary of Labor, January 29, 2001 – January 20, 2009)

As note in number nine above, today is the 78th anniversary of Frances Perkins being sworn in as Secretary of Labor. She was the first woman to serve as the head of a Cabinet-level department. The second, Oveta Culp Hobby, who served as Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Eisenhower, didn't come along for another 20 years, and the third, Carla Hills, not for 22 years after that.

Tags: lists of ten things, politics

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