September 16, 2019 - Warren Honors Frances Perkins at NYC Campaign Event

Warren holds a campaign rally in New York City’s Washington Square Park that emphasizes her message of “big structural change” by recalling the women who have made that change throughout history. Early in the speech, Warren explains, “We’re not here today because of famous arches or famous men. In fact, we’re not here because of men at all. We’re here because of some hard-working women.” She singles out former Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins, the first woman to serve in a presidential cabinet (under Franklin D. Roosevelt), as one of those women. In telling Perkins’ story of advocacy and leadership, Warren describes her as “one very persistent woman,” implying a similarity to Warren herself.