Friday, September 25, 2015
TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
PRICE: $25 (Light Supper $15; Movie $10) Cash Bar
EVENT TYPE: Film Night
“You May Call Her Madam Secretary” is a film about the complex Frances Perkins, a New Deal “radical” and a driving force behind historic reforms that shaped our society. Her anguish over the misery of workers in the emerging industrial world led her to give up the comforts of home and family, turn from teaching to settlement house work, and ultimately become an outstanding twentieth century social reformer. The film traces the rise of social conscience in this country: from the outrage that followed the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in 1911, to the revolutionary legislation of the New Deal. It is about a time, when, as Frances Perkins said, “People cared to change the way things were.” The film also focuses on the conflict in Perkins (who denied she had any personal ambition), who was torn between her obligations to her husband and child and her devotion to public service.
Michael Chaney, executive director of the Frances Perkins Center in Newcastle, Maine, will share some brief remarks on Frances Perkins and answer questions after the film.