By the time Franklin was inaugurated in March 1933, 5000 banks had failed and 9 million bank accounts were wiped out. He declared a 3 day bank holiday and went on the radio urging people to show faith in the system by depositing funds when they re-opened. It worked. His cabinet included the first woman, Frances Perkins as Secretary of Labor. The first 100 days saw 15 major bills passed including deposit insurance, home ownership loans and major public works projects. The National Recovery Administration was his most ambitious program, setting prices and wages in 541 industries. Eleanor was an active first Lady - holding her own weekly press conferences, writing a syndicated newspaper column and also had her own weekly radio show. Eleanor's close friend, Lorena Hickok went to work for Harry Hopkins, head of Federal Emergency Relief Administration, as his chief investigator. Eleanor's was active at this time, particularly with the Arthurdale project, an ideal community that included a ...