Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare

Appointed by FDR, Perkins was the first woman in a U.S. Presidential cabinet.

Tells the story of Frances Perkins, who was appointed Labor Secretary by FDR during the Great Depression. The first female Cabinet member, she created the Social Security program, the federal minimum wage, the 40-hour work week, and ended the legal use of child labor. Featuring interviews with Nancy Pelosi, George Mitchell, David Brooks, Lawrence O’Donnell and Amy Klobuchar.

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