Frances Perkins comes to life

Did you know that Social Security was the brainchild of a woman? Frances Perkins, a true pioneer of women’s and workers’ rights, also abolished child labor and set the minimum wage. She had an extraordinary career as the first woman to serve in the U.S. cabinet during Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s presidency from 1933 through 1945. She was a fearless advocate for women’s equality, known for her proclamation that “being a woman has only bothered me in climbing trees.”

Actress Caroline McIntyre will bring Perkins’ life to the stage at Frances Perkins, A Chautauqua Show on March 5 at N.C. Stage Company. McIntyre is no stranger to Chautauqua performances; for the past 14 years she has woven “the stories of heroic women into the fabric of their historical times and inspired the audience to question the historic figure directly.”

This thought-provoking and festive evening will benefit The League of Women Voters and N.C. Stage Company—- a perfect fit for a theatrical performance during Women’s History Month.

The show will be held on Monday, March 5.  Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be offered at 6 p.m. and the performance begins at 7 p.m. The production will take place at N.C. Stage Company, 15 Stage Lane in Asheville. $19.50 for adults. $10 for students with ID. Tickets: or 239-0263. Information: at


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