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112 STAT. 3196 PUBLIC LAW 105-341—OCT. 31, 1998 Public Law 105-341 105th Congress Oct. 31, 1998 [S. 2285] Women's Progress Commemoration Act 16 ilSC 470a note. 16 USC 470a note. 16 USC 470a note. President. Congress. An Act To establish a commission, in honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention, to further protect sites of importance in the historic efforts to secure equal rights for women. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the "Women's Progress Commemoration Act". SEC. 2. DECLARATION. Congress declares that— (1) the original Seneca Falls Convention, held in upstate New York in July 1848, convened to consider the social conditions and civil rights of women at that time; (2) the convention marked the beginning of an admirable and courageous struggle for equal rights for women; (3) the 150th Anniversary of the convention provides an excellent opportunity to examine the history of the women's movement; and (4) a Federal Commission should be established for the important task of ensuring the historic preservation of sites that have been instrumental in American women's history, creating a living legacy for generations to come. SEC. 3. ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMISSION. (a) ESTABLISHMENT.—There is established a commission to be known as the "Women's Progress Commemoration Commission" (referred to in this Act as the "Commission"). (b) MEMBERSHIP. — (1) IN GENERAL.— The Commission shall be composed of 15 members, of whom— (A) 3 shall be appointed by the President; (B) 3 shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives; (C) 3 shall be appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (D) 3 shall be appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; and (E) 3 shall be appointed by the minority leader of the Senate. (2) PERSONS ELIGIBLE.— (A) IN GENERAL.— The members of the Commission shall be individuals who have knowledge or expertise.