Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch announced today on Midday with Charlie Sykes the appointment of 17 accomplished conservative women to the selection committee charged with choosing the winners of the first-ever Margaret Thatcher Award and accompanying Right Women Awards.
"The Right Women Awards is important because it identifies and salutes female leaders and role models in Wisconsin whose contributions to the state have impacted or altered history. The Right Women Awards will be a beacon for Wisconsin conservatives: something for conservative women to aspire to, a celebration of achievement and a call to action for further progress," said Kleefisch.
"Because unique barriers have been identified as inhibiting the political candidacies of women in this male-dominated field, it is exciting and important to point to those risk-takers and problem-solvers who have chosen to take up the challenge and reward of public servanthood. The women selected to choose the winners of the Right Women Awards will recognize hard-won victories and raise up those who will fight for Wisconsin."
Lt. Governor Kleefisch will chair the committee. Its membership is as follows:
Julaine K. Appling
President Wisconsin Family Action
Mary F. Buestrin
Republican National Committeewoman for Wisconsin
Mary Jo K. Baas
President Liberty House Consulting
Commissioner Wisconsin Public Service Commission
Tracey L. Klein
Reinhart, Boerner and Van Deuren s.c.
Secretary of the WI Department of Children and Families
The Wurzburg Company, LLC
Fundraiser and Political Consultant at Litjens Consulting, LTD
School Choice Advocate
Field Coordinator, Americans For Prosperity Wisconsin
Founder, Wausau Tea Party
Wisconsin State Senator
Johnson/Jordahl Strategic Communications
Executive Director at Wisconsin Right to Life
Former State Treasurer
Rachel Campos Duffy
Author and National Pundit
Chairperson ABC Supply Co., Inc.
Sophia Foundation, Inc.
It was previously announced that the he award, named after the late British Prime Minister, will be presented at the Right Women Awards Dinner, a formal black tie event that will be held on Friday, October 18 at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.
The Honorary Chair of the Dinner is Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker.
"Participants will represent a diverse cross section of education offerings in Wisconsin — from traditional public schools to public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online learning, and homeschooling."