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Social Security's 80th Celebrated at the Frances Perkins Center


Vicissitudes…There’s a word you don’t hear every day

Uncredited, Associated Press file photo shows President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the Social Security Bill in Washington, Aug. 14, 1935.  Standing behind is Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins, the first female cabinet member.

But, it seems only fitting that today, 80 years since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the law creating Social Security, we should remember this word as part of a famous quote.

"We can never insure one-hundred percent of the population against one-hundred percent of the hazards and vicissitudes of life. But we have tried to frame a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age. This law, too, represents a cornerstone in a structure which is being built, but is by no means complete.... It is...a law that will take care of human needs and at the same time provide for the United States an economic structure of vastly greater soundness." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt, August 14, 1935

You can sign AARP’s Social Security birthday card at The card urges the 2016 Presidential candidates to share their proposals for keeping Social Security strong for future generations.

Maine has a proud connection to Social Security.  Frances Perkins, a resident of New Castle, was the Secretary of Labor in Roosevelt’s cabinet and the first woman to serve as a cabinet member.  Perkins was chairwoman of the President's Committee on Economic Security.  Her enlightened leadership produced reports and other legislation that ultimately resulted in the Social Security Act of 1935.  Today, she is considered the “architect” of Social Security.

To celebrate Social Security’s 80th anniversary,  the 7th Annual Frances Perkins Center Garden Party and Awards Ceremony took place in New Castle.

AARP Maine Volunteer State President, Rich Livingston, remarked on this special occasion and how important Social Security continues to be to Mainers and their families. Why not share your own experience?

Photo of Livingston: Jane Margesson

Rich at FPC

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