Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare In the depths of the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Frances Perkins as US Secretary of Labor, the first woman to sit on a presidential Cabinet. Against overwhelming odds, she became a driving force behind the New Deal Social Safety net, including Social Security, the 40-hour work week, the eight-hour day, minimum wage and unemployment compensation. Featuring compelling interviews with David Brooks, Nancy Pelosi, Amy Klobuchar, Lawrence O'Donnell and others, Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare explores the history of women in politics, Social Security, and attitudes toward immigration, poverty, Socialism, and the role of government. This heroic story enriches and informs our current debate, as Americans continue to live and work under the enduring legacy of Frances Perkins.
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