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Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare

William G. McGowan Theater
Washington, DC

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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In the depths of the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt appointed Frances Perkins as the first woman to serve in a Presidential cabinet. Against overwhelming odds, she became the driving force behind Social Security, the 40-hour work week, the eight‐ hour day, minimum wage, and unemployment compensation. In its Washington, DC, premiere, the film Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare (2019; 60 minutes) features compelling interviews with David Brooks, Nancy Pelosi, Amy Klobuchar, Lawrence O’Donnell, and others while telling Perkins’s heroic story.


This program is presented in conjunction with our exhibition: Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote.

Rightfully Hers is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, Carl M. Freeman Foundation in honor of Virginia Allen Freeman, AARP, AT&T, Ford Motor Company Fund, Facebook, Barbara Lee Family Foundation Fund at the Boston Foundation, Google, HISTORY ®, and Jacqueline B. Mars. Additional support for National Outreach and Programs provided by Denise Gwyn Ferguson, BMO Financial Group, Hearst Foundations, Maris S. Cuneo Foundation, FedEx, Bernstein Family Foundation, and The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation/Ambassador Fay-Hartog Levin (Ret.).



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