|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.|
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:
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:
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:
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
Healthy Living Partnership (Cortland)
60 Central Avenue
Cortland, NY 13045
For additional information about breast and or cervical cancer check:
American Cancer Society Web site at: www.cancer.org
National Cancer Institute Web site at: www.nci.nih.gov
The Cancer Services Program, National Cancer Institute:
National Institutes of Health Web site:
NYS Department of Health Web site:
Medicaid Help Line: 1-800-541-2831
"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