Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1998

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Author: William J. Clinton  | Date: October 31, 1998

Statement on Signing the Women’s Progress Commemoration Act,
October 31, 1998

Today I am pleased to sign into law S. 2285, the "Women’s Progress Commemoration Act." This legislation establishes a 15-member Commission, appointed by the President and the Congress to help commemorate, celebrate, and preserve women’s history in America.

It is appropriate that we establish this Commission on the 150th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention, the first national congregation on the conditions and rights of women in the United States. It was there, at a time when women were denied many of the rights of citizenship, that 100 brave women and men proclaimed in their "Declaration of Sentiments" that "all men and women are created equal."

At Seneca Falls and throughout our history, women have braved enormous challenges and helped to build our Nation—from women patriots hiding General Washington’s soldiers from the British, to Sojourner Truth and others leading slaves out of bondage, to suffragists risking imprisonment to secure for women the most basic rights of democracy. The Women’s Progress Commemoration Commission will seek out the historical sites of such great moments in our Nation’s history, and recommend the best way to preserve them for generations to come. The President’s Commission on the Celebration of Women in American History, that I created by executive order in June of this year looks forward to working with the Commission created by S. 2285.

As we approach a new century and a new millennium, it is more important than ever that we honor these monuments to our enduring ideals. Therefore, it is with great pleasure that I sign this legislation.

William J. Clinton
The White House,
October 31, 1998.

Note: S. 2285, approved October 31, was assigned Public Law No. 105-341. Executive Order 13090—President’s Commission on the Celebration of Women in American History, signed June29, was published in the Federal Register on July 2.

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Chicago: William J. Clinton, "Statement on Signing the Women’s Progress Commemoration Act, October 31, 1998," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1998 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 6, 1998 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1998), 34:2540 2212. Original Sources, accessed September 22, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DA1E8GCJ1ZQ2AA4.

MLA: Clinton, William J. "Statement on Signing the Women’s Progress Commemoration Act, October 31, 1998." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1998, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 6, 1998 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1998), 34:2540, page 2212. Original Sources. 22 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DA1E8GCJ1ZQ2AA4.

Harvard: Clinton, WJ, 'Statement on Signing the Women’s Progress Commemoration Act, October 31, 1998' in Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1998. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 6, 1998 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1998), 34:2540, pp.2212. Original Sources, retrieved 22 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DA1E8GCJ1ZQ2AA4.