FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MUSEUM APPLAUDS APPOINTMENT OF COMMISSIONERS
Washington, DC (May 2015) – The National Women’s History Museum is pleased that the eight commissioners have been appointed to the Congressional Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women’s History Museum. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has appointed Jane Abraham and Bridget Bush, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has appointed Mary Boies and Maria Socorro Pesqueira, House Speaker John Boehner has appointed Marilyn Musgrave and Kathy Wills Wright, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has appointed Emily Rafferty and Pat Mitchell.
The Commission (which is being privately-funded) will be comprised of eight members – two appointed by each Congressional leader – who will be responsible for making a recommendation to Congress regarding the creation of the museum. The Commissioners are charged with studying the cost, impact, fundraising and location of the museum and will report their findings within the next 18 months. The legislation included suggested qualifications of the commissioners including expertise in history, fundraising, and museum establishment. NWHM believes that any necessary expertise not represented by the commissioners could be provided by advisors and consultants. Furthermore, the legislation allows for the Commission to convene a public forum at which interested parties may comment on issues the Commission is charged with studying.
The creation of this Commission marks another step forward in our efforts to establish a museum to honor the women of our nation. We look forward to assisting all of the commissioners over the next 18 months.
For more information on NWHM or to become a member, please visit http://www.nwhm.org.
About the National Women’s History Museum
Founded in 1996, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM, Inc.) is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the general public about the diverse historic contributions of women and raising awareness about the critical need for a national women’s history museum in our nation’s capital. Currently located online at www.nwhm.org, the Museum’s goal is to build a world-class, permanent museum on or near the National Mall that will herald and display the collective history of American women. A Congressional Commission has been established that is charged with producing a feasible plan, which would include the governance, fundraising, location and organizational structure of the museum. For additional information visit NWHM.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
For press inquiries or credentials, please contact Melissa Williams, NWHM communications manager, email@example.com or 703-416-1920.