The Foundation researches and educates on women’s issues to acknowledge barriers and identify opportunities.


Commissioned by the WNY Women’s Foundation and created by UB Regional Institute, the 2010 Pathways to Progress Report examined the issues facing women and girls in our community. The report started an ongoing region-wide dialogue about the best ways to support and elevate women and girls.

Pathways to Progress, Vol. 2, a report created by the WNY Women’s Foundation, keeps us moving forward. The new report expands the dialogue with updated data that explore the current status of women and girls in WNY. By diving into the barriers women face throughout their lifespans, the report highlights opportunities and success stories. This educational tool is available to the community thanks to the generous support of the James H. Cummings Foundation, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Health Foundation of Western & Central NY, John R. Oishei Foundation, Joy Family Foundation, Patrick P. Lee Foundation, SEFCU, and WNY Foundation.

Download Pathways to Progress, Vol. 2. Read it, digest, and find the connections that you can make to the women and girls in your family, community, and work. The full reference list for the report is available for download and many of the reports cited are included in this data hub. 

In our effort to educate the community and raise awareness, the Foundation has curated research and organized it by topic area. The research below can be filtered by topic with citations and links to original researchers. Alternately, it can be sorted by date of publication. Contact us if your organization has a report to include.

Impact of COVID-19 on Women in the Workplace and Child Care

Published Sep. 2020 WNY Women's Foundation

WNYWF Fact Sheet: Women & Leadership

Published Sep. 2020 WNY Women's Foundation

Keeping Women in the Workforce After COVID-19

Published Jun. 2020 WNY Women's Foundation

Know Your Rights, New York: Sexual Harrassment

This know your rights guide provides an overview of your rights as an employee and what you can do if you or someone you know is facing harassment at work.

Published Oct. 2019 Time's Up Foundation

WNYWF Fact Sheet – Finances

Published Sep. 2019

WNYWF Fact Sheets – Women of Color

Published Sep. 2019

WNYWF Fact Sheet – Higher Education

Published Sep. 2019

WNYWF Fact Sheet – Poverty

Published Sep. 2019

WNYWF Fact Sheet – The Gap, Gender Equity

Published Sep. 2019

WNYWF Fact Sheet – Mothers

Published Sep. 2019

WNYWF Fact Finder – Gender Pay Gap

Published Sep. 2019

WNYWF Fact Sheet – Early Childhood

Published Sep. 2019

WNYWF Fact Sheet – Child Care

Published Sep. 2019

WNYWF Fact Sheet – Caregiving

Published Sep. 2019

WNYWF Fact Sheet – Black and Hispanic Women and Girls

Published Sep. 2019

WNYWF Fact Sheet – Adolescent Girls

Published Sep. 2019

Domestic Violence: Finding Safety and Support

This booklet is for anyone who may be abused, or anyone who thinks they know someone who may be abused. It is not always easy to recognize abuse.

Published Aug. 2019 Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

ALL IN FOR WOMEN & GIRLS: How women’s fund and foundation donors are leading through philanthropy

This study uses data from high-net-worth donors to understand how those donors support women’s and girls’ causes. However, its larger message about cultivating deep, personal, long-term engagements with donors can apply to all areas of philanthropy.

Published Jul. 2019 IUPUI Women's Philanthropy Institute

To achieve gender equality, we need to support men as caregivers

A crucial part of the fight for gender equality has long stayed in the shadows: support for men as caregivers. In the United States and much of the world, laws, policies, and stigmas still push women to be caregivers and prevent men from having the option.

Published Jun. 2019 Evoke

Eliminating Unconscious Bias in Hiring: How One Female Tech CEO is Shaking Things Up

Contrary to popular thought, having the right degrees, skills and work experience doesn’t guarantee your dream job.

Published Jun. 2019 ECMC Foundation

Sexual Harassment Laws to Change in NY Under Bill Passed by Legislature

"We don’t yet have the strongest laws in the nation, but we’re a lot closer, and we’ll continue to work until we do

Published Jun. 2019 The New York Law Journal

Two incomes don’t mean a secure retirement, study says

Married women in two-income families are at the greatest risk of not being able to maintain their standard of living in retirement.

Published Jun. 2019 bizwomen

Money Is Not Just for Men

Sallie Krawcheck — once a Wall Street executive, now an advocate for women investing — on how women can get their fair share.

Published Jun. 2019 New York Times

Quick Take: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Few women in the United States are earning degrees in STEM, except in the life sciences.

Published Jun. 2019 Catalyst

Women reach their earnings peak 11 years before men and are paid $35,000 less, survey shows

Women reach their peak earning potential some 11 years before men and earn a salary almost $35,000 lower than their male counterparts, a new study has found.

Published Jun. 2019 Post 24x7

For parents who work nights and weekends, study finds child care is especially difficult

Despite the apparent gap between supply and need, child care providers aren’t rushing to fill the void.

Published Jun. 2019 PA Post

Pennsylvania Makes Degree Apprenticeships Part of its Strategy for Preparing a Qualified Early Learning Workforce

In late April, Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) convened 11 of the state’s institutions of higher education that prepare the early childhood education (ECE) teachers. The convening took place on the heels of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Economic Summit, highlighting the critical role that quality ECE plays in children's social-emotional development, academic success, and career trajectories. It was part of a broader state-wide effort to build ECE registered apprenticeships for incumbent and future early childhood professionals.

Published Jun. 2019 New America

Making “Free College” Programs Work for College Students with Children

This briefing paper focuses on characteristics of the student parent population that make inclusive college promise programs an imperative for improving equity in college access and completion.

Published Jun. 2019 Institute for Women's Policy Research

These are the jobs popular with older workers

About 40 percent of Americans 55 and older are working or seeking employment, according to March data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Published Jun. 2019 bizwomen

The pay gap is real. Companies are still debating on what to do.

While most companies are aware of the need for pay parity, one-third of employers that have identified a pay gap among employees are still debating remedying it.

Published May. 2019 Bizwomen

The chasm that is WNY’s gender gap

While more women join corporate boards – and while there are many women in charge of health and human services organizations and law firms in this region – corporate chief executive jobs by and large continue to be occupied by men.

Published May. 2019 Buffalo Business First

Statement of Pronita Gupta Testimony Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means

I am the Director of Job Quality at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), an anti-poverty organization that promotes effective federal and state policies for low-income families and individuals. I am truly honored to come before this committee to speak to the central importance of paid family and medical leave for all workers, and especially for low-income workers, parents, children, seniors, and people of color.

Published May. 2019 CLASP

Support Single Mothers in College to Make Education More Equitable for All

To truly address the pressing issues of equity, access, affordability, and completion facing higher education, a growing movement of researchers, philanthropists, student activists, and college administrators are working to integrate family caregiving and support services into a 21st-century vision of college.

Published May. 2019 Stanford Social Innovation Review

Do They Kick Out Pregnant People?’ Navigating College With Kids

tudent parents are mostly women (about 70 percent) they are more likely to be from low-income families and students of color. In fact, 2 in 5 black women in college are mothers, and the majority of them are single.

Published May. 2019 National Public Radio

Child Care and Early Education Equity: A State Action Agenda

Child Care and Early Education Equity: A State Action Agenda outlines the important role state policymakers can play to ensure equity in their states’ early education efforts.

Published May. 2019 CLASP

Women’s Student Debt Crisis in the United States

Women hold nearly two-thirds of the outstanding student debt in the United States — almost $929 billion as of early-2019.

Published May. 2019 AAUW

Child Care and Housing: Big Expenses With Too Little Help Available

Stable, affordable housing and high-quality, affordable child care are essential to families’ economic stability, parents’ ability to work, and children’s healthy development. But due to inadequate funding, just 1 in 6 children eligible for child care assistance — and 1 in 5 families with children eligible for housing assistance — receives it.

Published Apr. 2019 Center on Budget and Policy Priorities


These data on employment, unemployment, and family relationships are collected as part of the Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly survey of about 60,000 households.

Published Apr. 2019 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Building the Case for Culturally Specific P-3 Strategies in Oregon

Oregon policymakers have opportunity to address early learning by investing into work of culturally specific organizations within the P-3 system of supports.

Published Apr. 2019 Oregon Community Foundation


Investments in the postsecondary success of parents with young children can increase attainment of credentials leading to good jobs, bring children the benefits of high-quality learning environments, promote later college-going among children, and improve family economic security across generations.

Published Apr. 2019 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Inequitable Access to Child Care Subsidies

Child care is an essential support for families, allowing parents to work while their children learn and grow in a safe environment. Many families with low incomes qualify for child care assistance through the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), but few get the support they need due to a lack of investment in the program.

Published Apr. 2019 CLASP

Schuyler Center’s Last Look at the State Fiscal Year 2019-20 Budget

On April 1, 2019, the New York State Legislature and Governor reached agreement on the 2019-20 State Budget. Schuyler Center’s Last Look is our assessment of the enacted State budget as it compares to Schuyler Center’s policy priorities.

Published Apr. 2019 SCAA Schuyler Center for analysis and advocacy

A Guide to Creating “Safe Space” Policies for Early Childhood Programs

This guide provides practitioners, advocates, and policymakers with information and resources to design and implement “safe space” policies that safeguard early childhood programs against immigration enforcement.

Published Apr. 2019 CLASP

What happens when women stop leading like men

Women now lead industries where once the thin air was inhaled only by men. For the first time, women have the top jobs at the New York Stock Exchange and at Nasdaq.

Published Mar. 2019 Ny Times

Wanted: 3,732 Women to Govern Corporate America

According to a new Bloomberg analysis, this sea change could offer women 692 seats at the table, enough to cause a measurable shift in the gender balance of U.S. company boards overall.

Published Mar. 2019 Bloomberg

The Child Care Crisis is Keeping Women out of the Work Force

Challenges of staying at work while raising a child- families forced to make the decision to leave work to become full-time caregiver or to stay at work and struggle to pay childcare's high-costs.

Published Mar. 2019 American Progress

On a Mission to Create Paths Out of Poverty for Single Mothers

According to the Institute of Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), only8% of single motherswho enroll in college will graduate with an associate or bachelor’s degree within six years, compared to 54% of married mothers and 40% of women overall.

Published Mar. 2019 ECMC Foundation

Behind the gains for women in corporate leadership

A Business Journals analysis of roughly 1,800 publicly traded companies found women now account for 15 percent of all board seats, up from 11 percent five years prior.

Published Feb. 2019 bizwomen

12 Ways to Help Women in Retail Advance into Management

Over the last couple of years, hundreds of companies have made high-profile pledges to increase gender and racial equity. These commitments — including CEO Action Pledge, Paradigm for Parity, and UN’s HeForShe campaign — have garnered much public attention, but not enough companies have taken action.

Published Feb. 2019 Harvard Business Review

Stop Telling Me I Look Younger Than My Age

We disclose our ages and the ages of our friends like apologies then immediately slap on the absurd statement that we (or they) look so much “younger.” This is ageism at its most insidious ― cloaked as a compliment.

Published Feb. 2019 Huff Post

A Seat at the Head of the Table

From the 1970's, women have made serious progress in the workplace. Then that progress has stalled, especially at the top.

Published Feb. 2019 NY Times

Why Older Workers are the Economy’s Hidden Asset

Americans have a different view of what "retirement" means

Published Feb. 2019 Fast Company

It’s 2019. Women are less likely to be identified by their accomplishments.

How women's accomplishments are often overlooked

Published Feb. 2019 Huff Post

The State of Early Learning in NY

Plans to improve NYS education system and increase opportunity

Published Feb. 2019 Ready for Kindergarten, Ready for College

It’s 2019. Women Are Still Less Likely To Be Identified By Their Accomplishments.

Research shows that descriptions of women are less likely to include their careers, and that has a negative ripple effect.

Published Feb. 2019 Huffington Post

Diversity on Your Board. Here’s how to Make it Happen.

Womens minimal corporate roles and how they can benefit a corporate board in decision-making

Published Feb. 2019 Harvard Business Review

Aligning and Streamlining Systems to Secure Better Outcomes for Families

State Leaders are leveraging the two-generation approach to advance outcomes for children and families. Aspen Institute has continued to solidify its role as a national hub fir breakthrough ideas to help families reach their full potential.

Published Feb. 2019 The Aspen Institute

5 things I’ve learned working with a women-dominated engineering team

In the summer of 2017, a male software engineer published a 10-page anti-diversity manifesto that gained notoriety. He inferred, among other things, that men are naturally more suited to careers in tech.

Published Feb. 2019 Fast Company

Why Girls Beat Boys at School and Lose to Them at the Office

Hard work and discipline help girls outperform boys in class, but that advantage disappears in the work force. Is school the problem?

Published Feb. 2019 New York Times

Testimony of Center for Children’s Initiatives

Joint Legislative Public Hearing 2019-20, Executive Budget Proposal: Elementary and Secondary Education

Published Feb. 2019 Center for Children's Initiatives

Women need other women to get ahead in the workplace, says science

Published Jan. 2019

Workplaces Aren’t Paying Attention To The Growing Caretaking Crisis, And It’s Costing Them Talent

The caretaking crisis that’s coming in America is not just about women and children: it’s also about millennials, men, executive leaders, and seniors.

Published Jan. 2019 Forbes

Research: Gender Pay Gaps Shrink When Companies Are Required to Disclose Them

We have just conducted the first empirical study on the impact of mandatory wage transparency. That study’s results suggest that disclosing disparities in gender pay does in fact narrow the gender wage gap.

Published Jan. 2019 Havard Business Review

The Negative Effects of Elderspeak

Talking down to older adults is not only disrespectful, but it can be detrimental.

Published Jan. 2019 Next Avenue

Inclusion in the directors chair

Yearly, the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative examines diversity and inclusion in the director’s chair across the 100 top-grossing motion pictures. For 2018, our annual analysis focuses on gender, race, and age of 1,335 helmers spanning 1,200 of the highest earning fictional films released domestically between 2007 and 2018. Clearly, this is the most intersectional assessment of directors behind the camera in film to date.

Published Jan. 2019 Anneberg Foundation


On September 13, 2018, 95 out of 97 (98%) identified domestic violence programs in New York participated in the National Census of Domestic Violence Services. The following figures represent the information provided by these 95 participating programs about services provided during the 24-hour survey period.

Published Jan. 2019 National Network to End Domestic Violence

13th Annual Domestic Violence Counts Report

On September 13, 2018, for the thirteenth consecutive year, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) conducted a one-day, unduplicated census of domestic violence services requested and received across the country. The data – including the number of individuals accessing services, the types of services they requested, and the number of unmet requests – appears in the context of the stories and experiences of survivors and advocates.

Published Jan. 2019 National Network to End Domestic Violence

The State of New York’s Children

Overview of NYS General Children Statistics in 2019

Published Jan. 2019 Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy


The uncontrolled gender pay gap, which takes the ratio of median earnings of all women to all men, decreased by $0.05 since 2015. However, women still make only $0.79 for every dollar men make in 2019.

Published Jan. 2019 Payscale


This 30th edition of the Data Book examines how America’s child population has changed, demographically and geographically. Many of the contrasts are dramatic.

Published Jan. 2019 The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Inclusion in the Directors Chair

Women's successes in the film field

Published Jan. 2019 USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative

The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women

Womens staggering success in film related careers.

Published Jan. 2019 Martha M. Lauzen

Better with Age?

How the youth views seniors & the aging process

Published Jan. 2019 A Place for Mom

Comptroller Mychajliw Announces Audit of Erie County Family Leave Policies

Comptroller Mychajliw impanels “Erie County Comptroller’s Family Leave Commission,” charged with making recommendations to change outdated family leave policies

Published Jan. 2019 Erie County

Gender equality in the nursery is the key to achieving gender equality in the workplace

In the 21st century, both men and women are needed in the workplace and the nursery. Because when the male hand also rocks the cradle, the world wins.

Published Dec. 2018 NBC News

The Global Gender Gap Report 2018

Through this report we aim to inspire ongoing efforts and further action to accelerate the achievement of full gender equality via collaboration, partnerships and innovative solutions that will improve the lives of millions of women and men in the near future. We call upon every reader of this report to join these efforts.

Published Dec. 2018 World Economic Forum

Not Just ‘Lean In:’ Michelle Obama Busted Another Myth About Working Women on Her ‘Becoming’ Book Tour

Michelle Obama’s quip about the ‘Lean In’ philosophy being “shit” that “doesn’t work”—which she made during a stop on her Becoming book tour—generated plenty of headlines and Internet guffawing this week.

Published Dec. 2018 Fortune

Creating an Integrated Efficient Early Care and Education System to Support Children and Families: A State-by-State Analysis

Creating an early care and education system to support children & their families

Published Dec. 2018 BiPartisan Policy Center

Early Childhood Agenda for Governors in 2019

In this report, CAP lays out an agenda for governors to make progress on early childhood in 2019 and beyond. Families need affordable, high-quality early childhood programs and supports for healthy child development from birth to kindergarten that reflect parents’ needs and prepare children for school.

Published Dec. 2018 Center for American Progress

Creating Gender Equality at Work in 2019

As the largest career community for women, Fairygodboss engages with millions of career-minded women. As a result, we’ve developed keen insights into what the women in our community are experiencing at work.

Published Dec. 2018 Fairygodboss

Improving NY Child Welfare Outcomes by Strengthening Family Economic Security

NYS Childhood Poverty and their steps to decrease these rates

Published Dec. 2018 Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

Gender gap is smaller in Buffalo than in most metros, but it’s still wide

The gender gap is substantial and persistent in the Buffalo metropolitan area, but the local disparity is not as large as those in most major U.S. metros.

Published Nov. 2018 Buffalo Business First

Setting the Stage for Emerging Themes in Public Policy

Partnership in Springfield, MA with the goal to elevate leadership of local young women.

Published Nov. 2018 The Young Women's Initiative

Childcare Affordability for Working Parents

Childcare is inaffordable for the majority of working parents. Especially for low-income and black and Hispanic working parents.

Published Nov. 2018 Diversity Data Kids

The Economic Pathways to Gender Equality

Is 2018 the Year of the Woman 2.0? Women are speaking out against harassment and entering politics at unprecedented levels—but while women have made progress on important fronts, many barriers to equality remain, and most of them are economic.

Published Nov. 2018 Ms. Magazine

Diversifying the Field of Economics is Critical to Achieving Gender Equality

Economics, as a discipline, tends to dominate public policy debate in the United States; policies that promote economic growth and a healthy job market are rightly priorities for our policymakers and elected leaders.

Published Nov. 2018 Ms. Magazine

Understanding the True Cost of Child Care for Infants and Toddlers

Using data from the Center for American Progress’ “Where Does Your Child Care Dollar Go?” tool and new analysis that estimates the cost of home-based family child care, this report looks at this “giant math equation” specifically as it relates to infant and toddler care.

Published Nov. 2018 Center for American Progress


This article looks at the factors that shape college-educated women’s careers as they prepare to enter the work force and the role of higher education in positioning female students for lifelong professional success.

Published Nov. 2018 National Association of Colleges and Employers

Investing in Single Mothers’ Higher Education: Costs and Benefits to Individuals, Families, and Society

Postsecondary education is a reliable pathway to economic security and is increasingly important to securing family-sustaining employment.

Published Oct. 2018 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Closing the Gender Gap: A Missed Opportunity for New CEO’s

Management should create opportunities for New CEOs to boost gender diversity.

Published Oct. 2018 Mckinsey and Company

Against Women- but Steps Could Fix that

Survey finds that women are unrepresented at every corporate level in the U.S.

Published Oct. 2018 Market Watch

Basic Economic Security in the United States

This fact sheet presents new national and state-level BEST data calculated by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

Published Oct. 2018 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Overdue for Investment

State Child Care Assistance Policies in 2018

Published Oct. 2018 NWLC

Understanding Infant and Toddler Child Care Deserts

Building on previous child care deserts analysis conducted by the Center for American Progress, this study quantifies the extent of this problem by analyzing the availability of licensed child care for infants and toddlers in nine states and the District of Columbia.

Published Oct. 2018 Center for American Progress

Women and Leadership 2018

Wide gender and party gaps in views about the state of female leadership and the obstacles women face

Published Sep. 2018 Pew Research Center

Men, women differ over some qualities they see as essential for political and business leadership

Men and women in the United States generally agree on many of the personal qualities and competencies they see as essential for political and business leaders to have. But there are notable differences in the importance they ascribe to some of those qualities, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

Published Sep. 2018 Pew Research Center

The Data on Women Leaders

Majorities of Americans see men and women as equally capable when it comes to some of the key qualities and behaviors that are essential for top leaders in politics and business.

Published Sep. 2018 Pew Research Center

The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap Fall 2018

This guide provides key facts about the gender pay gap in the United States. Included are breakdowns of the gender pay gap by race and ethnicity, by education, by age, and by occupation, as well as a detailed discussion of the causes of the gender pay gap.

Published Sep. 2018 AAUW

Raising Expectations: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws That Help Working Family Caregivers

This report, Raising Expectations , examines and grades states based on whether and to what extent their laws help people manage their work, health and care needs by guaranteeing workers’ access to paid or unpaid workplace leave.

Published Sep. 2018 National Partnership for Women & Families

The Costs of Motherhood Are Rising, and Catching Women Off Guard

College-educated women in particular underestimate the demands of parenthood and the difficulties of combining working and parenting, new research shows.

Published Aug. 2018 NY Times

Women-Owned Businesses Have Less Access to Capital, Fewer Intellectual Property Rights, and Much Lower Revenues

Women-owned businesses with employees are less likely than businesses owned by men to hold intellectual property rights, such as patents, copyrights, and trademarks.

Published Jul. 2018 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Looking Toward the Future: A Review of Western New York’s Early Childhood System

Together with partners across Western Yew York (including Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Erie, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties), Liftoff engaged Public Sector Consultants to provide an outside, objective review of early childhood systems and programs in the region. We hope this report will be the foundation for many conversations in the months and years to come.

Published Jul. 2018 Cornell University ILR School

Single Mothers with College Degrees Much Less Likely to Live in Poverty

Earning a postsecondary degree is a well-established pathway out of poverty, and degrees are especially life-changing for women raising children on their own.

Published Jul. 2018 Institute for Women's Policy Research

One-third of the people in these eight WNY neighborhoods are living in poverty

Business First has collected the latest poverty data for all 81 Western New York ZIPs with populations above 5,000.

Published Jun. 2018 Buffalo Business First

At the Wage Floor

We provide background about the shared and divergent challenges in the homecare and early care and education industries, as well as review emerging policy initiatives to fund wage increases for homecare and early care and education workers and identify principles for public policy going forward.

Published May. 2018 Center for the Study of Child Care Employment

Single Moms in College Spend Hours a Day on Housework

Single moms who are enrolled in college full-time spend about two hours a day on active child care, six on supervisory care (meaning time spent looking after their children while doing another another activity such as cooking or cleaning), and about two hours on housework; all told, these women are spending upward of nine hours a day on care and housework.

Published May. 2018 The Atlantic

Time Demands of Single Mother College Students and the Role of Child Care in their Postsecondary Success

Time Use Among Single Mothers in College: Tradeoffs between Child Care, Studying, and Self-Care

Published May. 2018 Institute for Women's Policy Research

When “Universal” Childcare isn’t Universally High-Quality

Quebec made up for shortages in its day-care system by letting private centers step in.

Published May. 2018 The Atlantic

STEM Students Are Asking More of the #MeToo Movement

Harassment in the sciences doesn’t only come in the form of neatly packaged Title IX reports of clear sexual abuse.

Published Apr. 2018 The Nation

NYS Salary Negotiating Guide

Importance of professionally negotiating salaries and how to prepare for it .

Published Apr. 2018 NYS Department of Labor

Despite Big Enrollment Declines, Parents Make up 22 Percent of College Students

New fact sheet shows that student parents achieve higher GPAs than other students, are more likely be at for-profit schools, and have higher debt.

Published Apr. 2018 Institute for Women's Policy Research

The Gender Wage Gap by Occupation 2017 and by Race and Ethnicity

Women’s median earnings are lower than men’s in nearly all occupations, whether they work in occupations predominantly done by women, occupations predominantly done by men, or occupations with a more even mix of men and women.

Published Apr. 2018 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Gender wage inequality

Over the past 40 years, women in the United States increased their work hours, and their rising incomes became a significant part of overall household financial stability.

Published Apr. 2018 Equitable Growth

Closing the Gender Wage Gap in New York State

New York State has a long and proud tradition of leading on women's rights issues – from the movement's inception in Seneca Falls in 1848, to 1917 when New York women won the right to vote (three years before the 19th Amendment was ratified), to the passage of the historic Women's Equality Agenda in 2015.

Published Apr. 2018 NYS Department of Labor

Still a man’s labor market

Data of gender differences in wages

Published Apr. 2018 The Hamilton Project

Racial Wealth Divide Snapshot: Women and the Racial Wealth Divide

Overall, women earn lower wages and experience higher levels of poverty than men. This holds for Black and Latina women, who also earn lower wages and experience higher poverty rates than White and Asian women.

Published Mar. 2018 Prosperity Now

New Strategies Help Women Build Career Confidence

Brag books, confidence logs are among techniques experts recommend to bolster lacking self-confidence

Published Mar. 2018 Wall Street Journal

Are Gender Differences Just Power Differences in Disguise?

Across two decades of studies, persistent gender differences often chalked up to biology can be replicated by manipulating an individual’s level of power.

Published Mar. 2018 Columbia Business School

The State of Women: The Bad, the Ugly, and the Good

This presentation on women’s rights and the women’s movement is a snapshot of a big and complex story.

Published Mar. 2018 Lean in

When money flows into the hands of women, everything changes

Women acting on their own can do what all the philanthropic organizations in the world can never accomplish: change the unwritten rule that women are lesser than men.

Published Mar. 2018 Evoke

The Economic Status of Women in the United States

Women in New York have made considerable advances in recent years but still face inequities that often prevent them from reaching their full potential.

Published Mar. 2018 Status of Women Data

Indigenous People of Western New York

The land that is now known as New York State has a rich history of First Nations people, many of whom continue to influence and play key roles in shaping the region. This fact sheet offers information about Native people in Western New York from the far and recent past through 2018.

Published Mar. 2018 Partnership for Public Good

The Economic Status of Women in New York

Women in New York have made considerable advances in recent years but still face inequities that often prevent them from reaching their full potential.

Published Mar. 2018 Status of Women Data

Child Care is Essential to Enhance Productivity Today and Tomorrow

Access to high-quality childcare contributes for a stronger workforce in NY

Published Mar. 2018 Council for a Strong America

Poverty in Buffalo-Niagara

Poverty in BuffaloNiagara is concentrated in urban areas. It is segregated and racialized. One major cause of poverty is jobs that do not pay enough.

Published Feb. 2018 Partnership for Public Good

Immigrants, Refugees, and Languages Spoken in Buffalo

According to 2000 Census Data, Buffalo ranked last out of 48 major metro areas in gaining immigrants, and the percentage of Buffalo residents born in foreign countries remains relatively low.

Published Feb. 2018 Cornell University ILR School

15 Biggest Challenges Women Leaders Face And How To Overcome Them

15 members of Forbes Coaches Council share what the biggest challenges their female clients are currently facing and provide advice for women leaders everywhere.

Published Feb. 2018 Forbes

College, With Kids, The Chronicle of Higher Education

College student & parenting: how colleges are accommodating for these students.

Published Feb. 2018 The Chronicle of Higher Education

New program to help women in STEM overcome gender discrimination

Many women pursuing careers in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce face such scenarios. Yet they seldom receive instruction on how to best handle them.

Published Feb. 2018 University at Buffalo

Understanding the New College Majority: The Demographic and Financial Characteristics of Independent Students and their Postsecondary Outcomes

This briefing paper provides an overview of the makeup of today’s independent student population and describes the need to improve higher education data collection to track trends in independent student postsecondary success and completion.

Published Feb. 2018 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Quebec’s Childcare Program at 20

Quebec’s childcare program and noting what other provinces seeking to develop comparable programs might learn from it.

Published Jan. 2018 Inroads Journal

Understanding Hidden Drivers: Unique Challenges, High Costs, No Vote in Rochester City School District Budgets

This policy brief explains some major drivers of revenues and expenditures, puts RCSD’s per pupil spending in context with other districts and poses questions for further study.

Published Jan. 2018 The Children's Agenda

Is Your Campus Family Friendly? Data and Tools to Promote Student Parent Success

Building a collaborative approach to improving conditions for parenting students on campus

Published Jan. 2018 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Opportunities Foreclosed, Equity Denied


Published Jan. 2018 Alliance for Quality Education


Women Give 2018 asks how parents transmit generosity to their children and whether this differs for sons and daughters. The study first explores the linkage between whether parents give to charitable organizations and whether their adult children give. It then examines frequency and amount of parental giving as well as the parents’ wealth level to assess how these factors relate to charitable giving by the adult children.

Published Jan. 2018 Women's Philanthropy Institute

Giving by and for Women:Understanding high-net-worth donors’ support for women and girls

In an effort to understand who leads philanthropy that benefits women and girls and how these donors are unique, we embarked on a landmark study of high-net-worth women donors.

Published Jan. 2018 Women’s Philanthropy Institute


To provide a historical view of women’s business ownership, the report compares some topline numbers from 2018 with numbers from 1972 — the first time the U.S. Census Bureau provided data on minority- and women-owned businesses and around the time baby boomers began reaching the age at which they might start a business.

Published Jan. 2018 American Express


Published Jan. 2018

Pathways to Progress, Vol. 2

100 facts that will guide our community's work to make WNY a great place for women to live, grow, and lead

Published Nov. 2017 WNY Women's Foundation

Women in Erie County earn less than men regardless of education

If you're a woman with a college degree in Erie County, chances are you are making a fourth to a third less than a man of the same educational level.

Published Aug. 2017 Buffalo News

State of Play in WNY

For a complete look at the state of youth sports in our communities.

Published Jun. 2017 United Way of Buffalo and Erie County