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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 20, 1993


(Washington, DC) The President will nominate Karen Nussbaum, who holds leadership positions in several women's and workers' organizations, to be Director of the Depart of Labor's Women's Bureau, the White House announced today. The Women's Bureau is responsible for programs aimed at meeting the needs of working women.

"Karen Nussbaum has been organizing working women for two decades," said the President. "She is uniquely qualified for this important job."

Nussbaum is currently the Executive Director of 9to5, the National Association of Working Women, as well as President of District 925 of the Service Employees International Union, a member of that union's Executive Board, and Chair of its Office Workers Division. She has been 9to5's Executive Director since 1977, and first became President of SEIU's Local 925 in 1975.

Nussbaum is the co-author of two books, Solutions for the New Work Force: Policies for a New Social Contract, and 9to5: The Working Woman's Guide to Office Survival. She has appeared frequently as a commentator on television and radio programs, and has testified before a number of Congressional committees.

Now a Cleveland area resident, Nussbaum first became active in the labor movement while working as a clerk-typist at Harvard University in the early 1970s. She is a graduate of Goddard College and also studied at the University of Chicago.