Veteran activist talks women, gender issues

Longtime San Antonio activist Rosie Castro will speak at 4:30 p.m. March 4 for a special Women and Gender Studies event at the University of the Incarnate Word.

Castro, mother of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and Congressman Joaquin Castro, will make her presentation in the Special Collections Room on the second floor of J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library.

Her appearance is cosponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies – a concentration in the Department of English – and Bexar County Young Democrats.

Castro, born in 1947, was raised in San Antonio. She attended Our Lady of the Lake University. Castro served as president of the Bexar County Young Democrats and as vice president of the women’s division of the Young Democrats at the state level. She ran for city council in 1971 and finished second out of four candidates on the Committee for Barrio Betterment slate.

She earned a master’s degree in environmental management from the University of Texas-San Antonio. Castro was also instrumental in making San Antonio shift from electing city council members at-large to creating districts. She also led the effort to establish a Latino collection of books at the Central Library in San Antonio.

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