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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release October 10, 1997
                     AS DIRECTOR OF THE WOMEN'S BUREAU 
                        AT THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

The President today announced his nomination of Ida L. Castro to serve as the Director of the Women's Bureau at the Department of Labor.

Ida L. Castro, of New York, New York, currently serves as the Acting Director of the Women's Bureau at the Department of Labor, where she is responsible for formulating standards and policies that promote the welfare of wage earning women. During her tenure, she conducted the first National Working Women's Summit, convening 25,000 women via satellite and listening to their concerns. Ms. Castro, an attorney who has been actively involved in women's and labor issues throughout her career, has served in this capacity since March 1996. Previously, Ms. Castro served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Worker's Compensation Programs for the Employment Standards Administration at the Department of Labor. Prior to joining the Department of Labor, Ms. Castro served as Senior Legal Counsel for Legal Affairs for the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation from 1990-1994. Ms. Castro was Special Counsel to the President and Director of Labor Relations at Hostos Community College of the City University of New York from 1988-1990.

Ms. Castro received a B.A. degree from the University of Puerto Rico and M.A. and J.D. degrees from Rutgers University.

The Director of the Women's Bureau advises and assists the Secretary of Labor in the development of the Department of Labor policies and programs which promote the welfare of wage earning women and seek to improve their working conditions, increase their efficiency and advance their opportunities for profitable employment.