Frequently Requested Topics
Below are some resources on frequently-requested topics. Have questions? Need help? Contact Center staff for additional information and assistance.
Breast Cancer Information and Resources
One in eight women will get breast cancer in their life. This could be your sister, mother, grandmother, best friend or even you. Every 13 minutes, a woman dies from breast cancer. BUT, 96% of women who find and treat it early will be cancer- free after five years. Early detection of breast cancer, through monthly exams and yearly mammograms, offers the best change for discovery and survival. The breast cancer awareness community works towards knowledge, advocacy and treatment. Join the fight and check out these resources for further information and support.
On the KU campus (Lawrence), through Student Health Services at Watkins Memorial Health Center: http://www.studenthealth.ku.edu/
And nationally at:
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month-
Avon, “The Company for Women”- http://www.avoncompany.com/women/avoncrusade/
“The Sister Study”, resources- http://www.sisterstudy.org/english/bc_information.htm
Students encounter issues on a daily basis that affect their feelings about their bodies - from plastic surgery, dieting and weight loss ads to fashion, female icons and media images about what women should aspire to be. It is estimated that nearly 8 million Americans have an eating disorder yet only one in ten receive treatment. A positive body image is imperative to self-esteem, confidence and a healthy life.
“Human papillomavirus (HPV) affects both females and males. HPV transmission can happen with any kind of genital contact with someone who has HPV—intercourse isn’t necessary. Many people who have HPV don’t even know it, because the virus often has no signs or symptoms. That means you can get the virus or pass it on to your partner without knowing it. In the United States, an estimated 75% to 80% of males and females will be infected with HPV in their lifetime. For most, the virus will clear on its own, but when it doesn’t, HPV can have consequences such as genital warts and cervical cancer.” HPVinfo.com
At KU on the Lawrence campus, at Watkins Memorial Health Center, http://www.studenthealth.ku.edu/services/gyn_clinic.shtml
Equal Pay Day
Equal Pay Day was created by the National Committee of Pay Equity in 1996 to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s yearly wages. April 20, 2010 is how long into the current year a woman would have to work to make as much as her male counterpart did in 2009 alone. Pay inequity hinders women across the country; on average, a woman makes 77 cents to every dollar that a man makes. In 2004, a typical college-educated woman working full-time earned $9,575 less than her male-counterpart. Equal Pay Day is about disseminating information, mobilizing around this issue to educate the community and continue the process of change.
The Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009- http://edlabor.house.gov/lilly-ledbetter-fair-pay-act/index.shtml
American Association of University Women- www.aauw.org
“Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research”
U.S Equal Opportunity Employment Commission- www.eeoc.org