Steadfast: Frances Perkins, Champion of Workers’ Rights - A Webinar with Jennifer Merz

Caitlin Biebrich Discussion

Monday, March 22 at 7:30 pm

Hosted by Mahwah Museum


Free webinar- registration required - Register here 


Local author and illustrator, Jennifer Merz, will be presenting her latest picture book, Steadfast:  Frances Perkins, Champion of Workers’ Rights.  Perkins was eyewitness to the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 1911 and became a champion for workplace health and safety laws affecting factory workers in the early 20th century.   Eventually Perkins was appointed U.S. Secretary of Labor by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933. Jennifer Merz will discuss Perkins’ enduring legacy as inspiration for this new historical nonfiction story for children and will present her unique illustrative process and style. 


Her book has received an Honorable Mention in the 2020 American Book Fest Award for hardcover nonfiction picture book category. Steadfast has also earned a spot on the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Reading List for Women’s History Month.


This program is supported by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities through the “NJ Women Vote:  The 19th Amendment at 100.”