Lasker became involved in the birth control movement--whose leader was Margaret Sanger--after the 1936 White House Conference on Child Health and Protection alarmed her with its findings of endemic childhood diseases and poverty. In 1938, she became secretary of the Birth Control Federation of America and later of its successor, the Planned Parenthood Federation. She and Albert Lasker were the largest individual donors to birth-control programs in the country in the early 1940s. Other than birth control, Mary Lasker did not involve herself specifically in women's health issues.
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