Noor Inayat Khan defied expectations from the start. Fluent in both French and English, with Indian-American roots, she wasn’t the cookie-cutter prototype of her U.K. born peers when she joined the top-secret Special Operations Executive (SOE) spy agency at the height of World War II.
It was her, after all, who gave Roosevelt a list of conditions she expected to be met before becoming his incoming Secretary of Labor in 1933. These conditions included a minimum wage, unemployment benefits, a 40-hour work week, the abolition of child labor, social security, a public services employment program, and nation-wide health care coverage.
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