Film screening features FDR Labor Secretary Frances Perkins

February 28, 2020 – A free screening of the film “Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare” will be offered at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls on Wednesday, March 11, from 6-8 p.m. in the Kinnickinnic Theater in the University Center. The screening is open to the public.

A discussion with the producer of the film, Mick Caouette, will follow the screening.

In the depths of the Great Depression, FDR appointed Perkins as the first woman on 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 telling Perkins’ story, the film examines the history of women in politics, Social Security, attitudes toward immigration, poverty, socialism and the role of government. The film explores Perkins’ dramatic life through the diverse voices of those who knew her, as well as those who know most about her. 

A preview of the film can be viewed at

For more information, email or call the UWRF Social Work Department at 715-425-3376.

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