“This is the first instance of a woman being appointed to a Cabinet position.”
First woman Cabinet member
President Franklin D. Roosevelt notified the U.S. Senate on March 4, 1933, that he had nominated Frances Perkins of New York to be Secretary of Labor. She was confirmed in this position and became the first woman appointed to a Cabinet position. She was the longest serving Labor secretary, serving for 12 years between 1933 and 1945. She was also the first woman to enter the Presidential Line of Succession.
Nomination of Frances Perkins as Secretary of Labor, 03/04/1933