Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton
Improving women’s lives at home and on the job

Helping women secure pay equity, dependable child care, cancer screenings
As Chair of the Assembly Task Force on Women’s Issues, Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton fights to give women better resources to care for their families and themselves, easing day-to-day responsibilities and stress.

Pay equity

We have to close the salary gap between men and women. The National Committee on Pay Equity reports that median salaries for women are almost 25 percent less than men’s. Just as troublesome, mothers were less likely to be hired than women without children and earn $11,000 less on average.

Lifton has consistently fought for pay equity legislation for women, including measures that would:

  • Enact the New York State Fair Pay Act, ensuring pay differentiation is not based on a person’s sex or national origin (A.3637)

  • Implement a state policy for equal compensation for work of comparable worth for state employees (A.305)

  • Make discriminatory salary practices unlawful, especially in traditionally female-dominated occupations (A.2825)

  • Make it unlawful for public employers to compensate employees of opposite sexes differently for work of comparable worth (A.9466)

Dependable day care

Children need a safe setting with consistent caregivers. This care can help working families cope with daily pressures.

Last fall, Lifton held an Assembly Roundtable in Ithaca to learn how we could improve our child care system. In response, she drafted and passed legislation to help provide needed, reliable day care for our families and children by:

  • Establishing an advisory council of child care providers (A.11130)

  • Improving recruitment and retention of day care providers (A.11133)

  • Studying the accessibility and affordability of health care policies, including business and liability insurance, to help recruit and retain staff (A.11134)

  • Allowing child care providers to opt out of posting addresses and other identification on the Office of Children and Family Services Web site, to limit information access by sex offenders (A.11131)

Breast and cervical cancer screenings

As a mother and a grandmother, Lifton knows that women often put the health of others ahead of their own. That’s why she is working to protect women from breast and cervical cancer.

The American Cancer Society estimates that 212,920 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2006 and 40,970 women will die from the disease this year alone.

In 2006, about 9,710 cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and approximately 3,700 women will die from cervical cancer by the end of the year. To promote early detection of these life-threatening diseases, Lifton:

  • Sponsored legislation to provide grants to community-based agencies and organizations which provide counseling education and outreach programs to those who have breast cancer (A.2069)

  • Supported a measure to extend medical assistance to eligible individuals with breast and cervical cancer and allow presumptive eligibility for medical assistance (A.4472-A)

  • Supported legislation to produce a cancer incidence map and provide quarterly status reports to the governor and legislature (A.1884)

Lifton also vehemently disagrees with the Bush Administration’s cuts to Computer Assisted Detection for mammographies and osteoporosis DXA scans. Lifton has worked hard in the Assembly to create and fund prevention programs for breast cancer and osteoporosis.

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Local mammography and cervical cancer screenings
Healthy Living Partnership (Tompkins)
10 Arrowood Drive
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-4500
Healthy Living Partnership (Cortland)
60 Central Avenue
Cortland, NY 13045
(607) 758-5523

For additional information about breast and or cervical cancer check:
American Cancer Society Web site at:
National Cancer Institute Web site at:
The Cancer Services Program, National Cancer Institute:
1-800-4Cancer (1-800-422-6237)
National Institutes of Health Web site:
NYS Department of Health Web site:
Medicaid Help Line: 1-800-541-2831

Assemblywoman Lifton "Women are often primary caretakers. We should have the necessary tools, like parity at work and adequate health and day care, to help better balance work and family."
- Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton
106 East Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-8030