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The impact of the New Deal

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The Impact of the New Deal The New Deal had an enormous impact on the United States, greatly increasing the role of the federal government in the lives of ordinary citizens.
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Eleanor Roosevelt used her position as First Lady to publicly support women through such activities as her women-only press conferences. She also worked behind the scenes to pressure FDR to expand the role of women in government . Women Gain Political Recognition
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Section 3-5 Section 3-5 In all, more than 100 women held senior positions in the federal government during FDR’s administration. They included Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins, the first woman to hold a cabinet post. Women Gain Political Recognition (cont.)
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Section 3-6 Section 3-6 Despite gains, women still generally faced discrimination. Although Roosevelt supported women’s rights, he tended to appoint women to government posts where they would be least likely to conflict with men. Therefore, women in government lacked the clout to offset the lower wages and unfair hiring practices endured by women–some of which were enshrined in NRA codes. Women Gain Political Recognition (cont.)
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Although most African Americans in the Roosevelt administration were appointed to secondary posts, they nevertheless exerted influence collectively as the black cabinet. The group of about 50 African American appointees included Mary McLeod Bethune, head of the Negro Affairs Division of the National Youth Administration.
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