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.

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 – View of Leadership

Published Sep. 2019

WNYWF Fact Sheet – Finances

Published Sep. 2019

WNYWF Fact Sheets – Women of Color

Published Sep. 2019

WNYWF Fact Sheet – Leadership Roles

Published Sep. 2019

WNYWF Fact Sheet – Women At Work

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

Black women are earning more college degrees, but that alone won’t close race gaps

To understand race gaps in income and wealth at the household level, we have to look not only at education and earnings at the individual level, but also at patterns of family formation and marriage.

Published Dec. 2017 Brookings

Undervalued a Brief History of Women’s Care Work and Child Care Policy in the United States

In Part I, this report provides a brief overview of the state of child care in the United States. Part II traces how—through the persistent denigration of the care work performed by women, especially women of color, and resulting public policy decisions—we arrived at this point. and Part III identifies the policy solutions that are needed to move toward a system that works for both families and child care providers.

Published Dec. 2017 National Women's Law Center

The​ ​State​ ​of​ ​Gender  Equality​ ​In​ ​The  Workplace​ ​(2017) 

We present research and data on what women are saying about their job satisfaction, gender equality at work, and data on how women look for jobs and what factors matter in terms of whether they stay in them.

Published Dec. 2017 Fairygodboss

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

How to Encourage More Women to Report Sexual Harassment

Another day, another set of headlines about a powerful man who sexually harassed women for decades, without any repercussions besides writing checks to keep his victims quiet

Published Oct. 2017 NY Times

After 50, Women Struggle to Find a Foothold at Work

Older women in the U.S. are eager to work. And employers, facing a tight labor market and a dwindling supply of workers as older baby boomers retire, need these women.

Published Oct. 2017 The Wall Street Journal

Nudging Companies to Look Beyond the C-Suite for Women Directors

Fifty percent of the board should be women. That’s what Dan Smith, chairman of Kraton Corp., a specialty chemical company, believes about his own board.

Published Oct. 2017 Wall Street Journal

How Workers Under 30 Are Climbing the Ladder Differently

Younger women show high ambition, and young men and women share similar views on some gender-workplace issues

Published Oct. 2017 The Wall Street Journal

Finally, More Women Are Asking for Raises. But There’s a Catch.

Women don’t get raises, the conventional wisdom goes, because they simply don’t ask. A new study conducted by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Co. casts doubt on that assumption.

Published Oct. 2017 The Wall Street Journal

The Hidden Battle of the Sexes at Work

For all the effort employers are pouring into advancing women in the workplace, why are they making so little headway?

Published Oct. 2017 The Wall Street Journal

New Americans and a New Direction: The Role of Immigrants in Reviving the Great Lakes Region

Immigrants play an important and influential role in the economy

Published Oct. 2017 New American Economy

Principles to Improve Family Outcomes

Plans to improve NYS education system and increase opportunity

Published Oct. 2017 Center on Developing Child at Harvard University

The Competitive Advantage of Racial Equity

Racial equity by wealth, health, education, and career, and how to tackle these issues in a professional setting

Published Oct. 2017 FSG

Persistent Gaps: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2017

Need for overcoming barriers to child care assistance, using income eligibility, waiting lists, and copayment levels to advocate for policy

Published Oct. 2017 National Women's Law Center

Women Matter Time to accelerate

For a decade, our Women Matter and our Power of parity reports from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) have explored the economic impact of increased gender diversity at macro and micro levels and how to make change happen in corporations. This anniversary publication highlights ten key insights from these ten years of research.

Published Oct. 2017 Mckinsey & Company

More than half of Buffalo children live in poverty, new census figures show

More than half of the children in Buffalo – 54 percent – lived in poverty in 2015, up 7 percentage points from the year before, according to new census estimates from the federal government.

Published Oct. 2017 The Buffalo News

Women’s Economic Security Wrap Around Strategies

Economic Securities Offered by NYS

Published Oct. 2017 Partnership for Womens Prosperity

Small Businesses Face Barriers to Affordable Child Care, Support Expanded Access

Small business owners know how important it is to retain a productive and talented workforce. Lack of access to affordable child care, however, is hurting small businesses and their workforce by increasing absenteeism and decreasing productivity

Published Sep. 2017 Small Business Majority

Small decrease shown for child poverty in Buffalo

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday shows that 47.3 percent of children in Buffalo grew up in poverty last year.

Published Sep. 2017 The Buffalo News


When comparing all men and women who work full time, year round in the United States, women are paid just 80 cents for every dollar paid to men.

Published Sep. 2017 National Women's Law Center

Supporting New York State’s Economic Development Efforts by Expanding Access to Quality Child Care

While many other states—and New York—have directed limited economic development dollars toward child care, there is an opportunity here for New York to become the first in the nation to make investing in quality child care a key economic development strategy.

Published Sep. 2017 SCAA Schuyler Center for analysis and advocacy

Single Mothers in College: Growing Enrollment, Financial Challenges, and the Benefits of Attainment

Data on moms in college by race, unmet financial need, and benefits of their success

Published Sep. 2017 Institute for Women's Policy Research

A Blueprint for Child Care Reform

Making more affordable, accommodating, and accessible child care

Published Sep. 2017 Center for American Progress

The Gender Wage Gap Fact Sheet

Graphs and tables on median incomes by gender, race, year

Published Sep. 2017 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Five Ways to Win an Arguement about the Gender Wage Gap

Facts on the workforce and how women still face discrimination

Published Sep. 2017 Institute for Women's Policy Research

How Women are Still Left Behind in the Labor Market

General statistics of gender wage differences

Published Sep. 2017 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Creating Opportunity: An Action Plan for Early Childhood Education

Plans for a more successful education

Published Sep. 2017 ECE Executive Committee

Celebrate Labor Day by supporting national paid family leave

None of us should have to choose between the job we need and the family we love. That's the concept behind paid family leave.

Published Sep. 2017 The Washington Post

Pathways to High-Quality Child Care: The Workforce Investment Credit

An early childhood workforce investment credit, modeled after the Louisiana school readiness tax credit, rewards professional development for child care providers and can foster the quality early childhood education (ECE) workforce necessary to promote children’s learning and school readiness.

Published Aug. 2017 Committee for Economic Development

Women: Follow The Five C’s To Become Leaders In The Workplace

The number of women leaders and CEOs is growing more and more each year, but it’s not where it needs to be. Still, process leads to progress.

Published Aug. 2017 Forbes

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

The Economic Cost of Intimate Partner Violence

Can increase medical debt, educational attainment, and housing instability

Published Aug. 2017 The Institute for Women's Policy Research

Investing in the next generation

A Bottom-Up Approach to Creating Better Outcomes for Children and Youth

Published Aug. 2017 Brookings Institution

Black and Hispanic Women Lag in Recovering from the Recession

Unemployment among Young Women Before and After the Recession by Age, Race, and Ethnicity

Published Aug. 2017 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Female mayors want to blow up the term ‘women’s issues’

The mayors of Baltimore, Charlotte and Salt Lake City wrestle with some of the most contentious issues dominating national policy conversations, including health care and improving public school systems.

Published Jul. 2017 Politico

Gender Differences in Voter Turnout

In recent elections, voter turnout rates for women have equaled or exceeded voter turnout rates for men. Women, who constitute more than half the population, have cast between four and seven million more votes than men in recent elections

Published Jul. 2017 Center for American Women and Politics

Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Groups 2017

Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Groups examines the educational progress and challenges students face in the United States by race/ethnicity. This report shows that over time, students in the racial/ethnic groups of White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Two or more races have completed high school and continued their education in college in increasing numbers.

Published Jul. 2017 National Center for Education Statistics Institute

Why women don’t see themselves as entrepreneurs

Silicon Valley is even more of a bubble than the rest of small-business America.

Published Jun. 2017 NY Times

The Status of Black Women in the United States

The report aims to amplify the historical and current contributions of Black domestic workers to the broader domestic worker movement.

Published Jun. 2017 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood

First study focused on “adultification” of black girls shows significant bias toward girls starting at age 5, younger than in previous research on black boys

Published Jun. 2017 Center on Poverty and Inequality - Georgetown Law

Watching Gender How Stereotypes in Movies and TV Impact Kids’ Development

"Our comprehensive research review shows that children who are fed gender stereotypes may internalize those roles, shaping their behavior for years to come and that girls aren’t alone in their struggles with restrictive identity norms."

Published Jun. 2017 Common Sense Media

Third-Grade Proficiency in Erie County

The importance of third-graders performing with grade-level proficiency and the proficiency level of third graders in Erie County.

Published Jun. 2017 United Way of Buffalo and Erie County

Women in State Government: Still Too Few

In recent years the movement of women into state-level offices has slowed after several decades of gains. Efforts to actively recruit women for elective and appointive positions will be critical in determining what the future holds for women in state government.

Published Jun. 2017 The Council on State Governments

The Status of Black Women in the United States

The Status of Black Women in the United States seeks to address the gap in research on Black women’s well-being and to provide data that can inform policy and programmatic changes to benefit Black women and their families.

Published Jun. 2017 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Coupling Child Care With Pathways To Nontraditional, Higher Paying Work

Workforce Training for Low-Income Mothers

Published Jun. 2017 Mississippi Low Income Child Care Initiative

Why women don’t run for office

Studies gender differences between career aspirations and confidence

Published Jun. 2017 Politico

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

Senate Committee on Children & Families Assembly Standing Committee on Children & Families Assembly Legislative Taskforce on Women’s Issues

Hearing to examine barriers to accessing quality child day care and how such lack of access relates to a variety of issues including child development, family stability and the economy.

Published May. 2017 Empire Justice Center

Modern Motherhood Has Economists Worried

A better balance between work and family could boost the world economy.

Published May. 2017 Bloomberg

2016 Annual Report on the State of Homelessness in WNY

The Homeless Alliance of Western New York is the designated Continuum of Care (CoC) agency for Erie County that is responsible for compiling the annual Continuum of Care grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In 2011 this grant awarded $11.2 million in funding for new and renewal projects to homeless agencies throughout Erie County.

Published May. 2017 Cornell University ILR School

Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans

This report looks at how student debt became a women's issue.

Published May. 2017 American Association of University Women


This is a guide for organizations and individuals actively seeking to create gender equitable social change. In particular, it equips women’s funds to design strategies that use systems of finance and investments as tools to create the social change they seek.

Published Apr. 2017 Criterion Institute

Foundation’s loans give women entrepreneurs a boost

Microloans and a pitch competition launched by the Michigan Women's Foundation over the past few years to support women entrepreneurs are quietly helping to create jobs.

Published Mar. 2017 Crain's Detroit Business

Why the federal government should subsidize childcare and how to pay for it

The present paper provides one solution in the form of childcare and education savings accounts paid for with redirection of current federal spending on early education and care, and through an offset from the federal deduction for charitable contributions.

Published Mar. 2017 Brookings

The Family-Friendly Campus Imperative: Supporting Success Among Community College Students with Children

Ensuring Economic Security and Meeting the Workforce Needs of the Nation

Published Mar. 2017 Institute for Women's Policy Research

What does good child care reform look like?

Gaps in current child care policy and assessing quality and affordability of potential policy initiatives

Published Mar. 2017 Economic Policy Institute

Why governments should introduce gender budgeting

IT IS easy to be cynical about government—and rarely does such cynicism go unrewarded. Take, for instance, policy towards women.

Published Feb. 2017 The Economist

Fortune 500 companies make short strides toward broader diversity: study

HP Inc. and Wells Fargo have the broadest diversity on their boards, according to a new study, even as other Fortune 500 companies have only made small strides toward inclusion.

Published Feb. 2017 bizwomen

Closing the Skills Gap

The “skills gap” in the United States is serious. Here is how to do better.

Published Feb. 2017 McKinsey & Company


The National Women’s Law Center recommends the following investments in CCDBG and improvements to the CDCTC as an important first step toward providing all families with the assistance they need to afford high-quality child care.

Published Feb. 2017 National Women's Law Center

Supports that Matter in Workforce Development Programs

This report captures participant perspectives on the role of supportive services in facilitating their success in job training, the availability of supportive services, the unmet needs of participants, and the significance of job training for them.

Published Feb. 2017 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Sallie Krawcheck on the untapped power of women in business

Krawcheck is the CEO and co-founder of the women’s digital investment platform Ellevest. She is also the chair of Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund, which invests in companies that advance women.

Published Jan. 2017 bizwomen

2017 Alzheimer’s disease facts and figures

Demographics of Alzheimer's

Published Jan. 2017 Alzheimer's Association

Births: Final data for 2015

Statistics on birth rates, delivery rates, age of mother, teenage pregnancy, and marital status.

Published Jan. 2017 National Vital Statistics Reports

STEM starts early: Grounding science, technology, engineering, and math education in early education

There is a correlation between early experiences with STEM subjects and later success in these subjects or in school generally.

Published Jan. 2017 The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop

New York State Profile of Young Children in Deep Poverty

This profile offers information about young children, age birth to nine, living in deep poverty in New York State, and about policies that could support their healthy development and success.

Published Jan. 2017 National Center for Children in Poverty

Women in State Legislators 2017

Data on the percentage of women in state legislatures by state and by party.

Published Jan. 2017 Center for American Women and Politics

The State of Girls 2017: Emerging Truths and Troubling Trends

The State of Girls is a first-of-its-kind research report by the Girl Scout Research Institute that focuses on girls’ health and well-being in the United States. The most recent data from The State of Girls show that economic conditions affecting girls in the United States have not recovered from the Great Recession that began in late 2007. In fact, they have worsened.

Published Jan. 2017 Girl Scouts

Snapshot of Girls’ Well-being in the United States

This snapshot focuses on two time points: before and after the great recession. Overall, more girls are living in poverty and low income households today, compared to before the recession.

Published Jan. 2017 Girl Scouts

The Girls’ Index: New Insights into the lives of today’s girls

THE GIRLS’ INDEX™ is the first-ever, large-scale national survey designed to develop a deeper understanding of the thoughts, experiences, perceptions, beliefs, behaviors and attitudes of teen girls throughout the United States.

Published Jan. 2017 Ruling our experiences

Girls’ Well-Being: New York vs. the United States

This profile summarizes recent trends in the well-being of girls living in New York, compared with girls living in the U.S.

Published Jan. 2017 Girl Scouts

Child Care Brief


Published Jan. 2017 US Department of Health & Human Services

Representation Matters

A stock of the experiences, perspectives, approaches, and influence of women in a polarized, as well as male-dominated, U.S. Congress.

Published Jan. 2017 Center for American Women and Politics (Rutgers); Eagleton Institute of Politics (Rutgers)

2017 Women SMB Owners Achieving Growth Through Community Focus

Women SMB owners are eager for the future and have a clear sense of purpose, about themselves and their businesses. Monetary gain is important, yet it cannot come at the cost of doing work that lacks meaning.

Published Jan. 2017 The Business Journals


Women Give 2017 explores the connection between happiness and charitable giving and the role women play in driving philanthropy.


A Fair Shot for Millennial Women and Families

How millennial women are affected by student debt, race, and other demographics

Published Nov. 2016 Center for American Progress

Financial Hardship in Erie County

Financial hardship is not limited to families living in conditions of poverty or individuals experiencing unemployment. Working families also experience financial hardship.

Published Nov. 2016 United Way of Buffalo and Erie County

Undervalued and Underpaid in America Women in Low-Wage, Female-Dominated Jobs

This report investigates women’s experiences in large, low-wage, growing, female-dominated occupations, comparing demographic data and indicators of economic security between 1994 and 2014, and projecting growth rates to 2024.

Published Nov. 2016 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Social Security Is Important to Women

Social Security is neutral with respect to gender – individuals with identical earnings histories are treated the same in terms of benefits. This Fact Sheet is provided by the Social Security Administration to highlight how women benefit from the Social Security program and how certain demographic characteristics of women compare with the entire population.

Published Nov. 2016 Social Security Adminstration

When A Company Is Failing, Female CEOs Get Blamed More Frequently Than Men

It’s not your imagination or a just a hunch: Female chief executives are treated differently by the media than their male counterparts, a new analysis of press coverage of CEOs confirms.

Published Oct. 2016 Huffington Post

Rhetoric vs. Reality: Child Care

Improving access to high-quality child care is at the forefront of the national policy debate. Legislators, policymakers, and voters are recognizing that the economy depends on working families and that working families depend on high-quality, affordable child care. Republicans and Democrats in Congress have introduced child care legislation, and for the first time ever, both major party presidential candidates have introduced child care proposals.

Published Oct. 2016 Center for American Progress

Obama’s Female Staffers Came Up With a Genius Strategy to Make Sure Their Voices Were Heard

When President Obama first took office, the White House wasn’t exactly the friendliest place for female staffers. Most of Obama’s senior staffers — such as former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and former economic adviser Lawrence Summers — were men who’d worked on his campaign and subsequently filled his cabinet.

Published Sep. 2016 The Cut

The Big Difference Between Women and Men’s Earnings After College

A college education may be called the great equalizer, but when it comes to the gender wage gap, it still has some ways to go

Published Sep. 2016 Center for American Progress

Women are better than men at paying their mortgages

Women pay more on average for mortgages

Published Sep. 2016 The Urban Institute

Strategies to Meet the Child Care Needs of Low-Income Parents Seeking Education and Training

Nationwide, there are low-income parents who need additional education or training to better support their families. However, they can face daunting challenges to achieving this goal. In addition to challenges common among low-wage workers—low education levels, financial pressures, and limited opportunities—low-income parents struggle with child care needs that limit their ability to participate in and complete education and training.

Published Sep. 2016 Urban Institute

WNY Girls in Sports

The purpose of this report is to explore the following questions: 1. Are girls in Buffalo active and playing sports, and do gender disparities exist? 2. What opportunities exist for girls to play sports in Buffalo? 3. What barriers are most identified as hindering sports participation locally? 4. How have these barriers been overcome for urban girls in other cities?

Published Sep. 2016 United Way of Buffalo and Erie County

Half of America’s childcare workers need food stamps, welfare payments or Medicaid

The people who are paid to watch America’s children tend to live in poverty. Nearly half receive some kind of government assistance: food stamps, welfare money, Medicaid.

Published Jul. 2016 Washington Post

NAWBO Buffalo Niagara Chapter is the fastest growing chapter in the United States, the agenda of growth continues

(Buffalo, New York) Buffalo is yet again emerging as a winner. This time, it is the local chapter of the National Association of the Women Business Owners, NAWBO Buffalo-Niagara, which has become the fastest growing NAWBO chapter in the United States out of 54 national chapters. In the 2015-2016 year, the local organization’s membership base grew 80% from a small to a medium sized chapter, and is now on the course of becoming a 100-member chapter.

Published Jun. 2016 43North

Black Women Now the Most Educated Group in US

A new report confirms that black women are now the most educated group in the United States. But we still have a long way to go for pay equity.

Published Jun. 2016 The Root

Working Mothers Issue Brief

Labor force participation by family type, race, and poverty

Published Jun. 2016 US Department of Labor Women's Bureau

The Complex Data on Girls in STEM

Goals are to increase girls' persistence and resilience in STEM studies to develop their career paths.

Published May. 2016 The Atlantic

Improving the Odds: Seven Principles for Investing in Early Care and Education

Across ideological divides, there is consensus that investing early makes common sense—it is the right thing to do and saves tax dollars down the road. With heightened appreciation and urgency comes increased investment. To enhance the effectiveness of this surge in investment, we’ve written this guide to share lessons from our many years of working in early care and education.

Published May. 2016 FSG


In our 2015 report The power of parity: How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth, the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) undertook what we believe may be the most comprehensive attempt to date to estimate the size of the economic potential from achieving gender parity and to map gender inequality. We are building on that work in several ways.

Published May. 2016 Mckinsey & Company

Giving to Women and Girls

This study highlights new data to understanding who gives to women’s and girls’ causes and their motivations for support

Published May. 2016 IUPUI Women's Philanthropy Institute

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in the United States

Every state and city in the United States has the opportunity to further gender parity, which could add $4.3 trillion to the country’s economy in 2025.

Published Apr. 2016 McKinsey & Company

Mind the Gap

We have an opportunity to close these gender gaps for all women, one woman at a time, starting with you. And we’re going to give you some deeply practical advice on how to do it.

Published Mar. 2016 Ellevest

Mind the Gap – How Philanthropy Can Address Gender-Based Economic Disparities

Not only is realizing gender equality in our economic, political, and social systems imperative to women’s economic security, it is necessary for those systems to thrive.

Published Mar. 2016 For Women

Older women are being forced out of the workforce

Discrimination in the workplace

Published Mar. 2016 Harvard Business Review

Barriers and Bias

The report examines the causes of women’s underrepresentation in leadership roles in business, politics, and education and suggests what we can do to change the status quo.

Published Mar. 2016 American Association of University Women

Shortchanged in Retirement

The Continuing Challenges to Women’s Financial Future

Published Mar. 2016 National Institute on Retirement Security

Pathways to Equity Narrowing the Wage Gap by Improving Women’s Access to Good Middle-Skill Jobs

This report addresses women’s access to well-paid, growing, middle-skill jobs (jobs that do not require a bachelor’s degree).

Published Mar. 2016 Institute for Women's Policy Research

The Scourge of the Female Chore Burden

All over the world, women are doing work they’re not getting paid for. In rich countries, it might be folding the laundry or staying home to take care of a sick child. In developing countries, unpaid labor tends to be more physically arduous, like hauling water and chopping wood. Wherever you are, it’s considered women’s work.

Published Feb. 2016 The Atlantic

Making the Invisible Visible: A Cross-Sector Analysis of Gender-Based Leadership Barriers

Despite the fact that women are earning more educational de grees than men, they continue to be underrepresented at the top of institutional leadership hierarchies.

Published Feb. 2016 Wiley Online Library

Expanding Learning Through School-Community Partnerships in New York State

This paper is intended to provide a set of recommendations to guide state policymakers and agencies, school districts, schools, and community-based partners in their efforts to support high-quality partnerships for expanded learning.

Published Feb. 2016 NYS Network for Youth Success

The Gender Wage Gap and Public Policy

The basic facts about the gender wage gap, summarizing data on earnings differences between women and men by race and ethnicity, education, and occupation and reasons for the gender wage gap, its consequences for women and their families, and policies that can help to close it.

Published Feb. 2016 Institute for Women's Policy Research

New York State’s Bold Step to Ensure Access to Excellence in Early Childhood Education

QUALITYstarsNY is a voluntary quality improvement and rating system for all types of regulated early childhood programs in New York State that serve children from birth through age five. QUALITYstarsNY uses research-based, culturally responsive program standards developed by New York’s leading early education experts to support programs to provide children with high quality early learning experiences.

Published Feb. 2016 Quality Stars NY

Minority job, wage picture bleak

African-American and Hispanic workers in Erie County are more than twice as likely to be unemployed as white workers and earn more than 25 percent less that white workers in the same industries, a new study has found.

Published Jan. 2016 The Buffalo News

Understanding teen dating violence

Data on dating violence. Dating violence occurs between two people in a close relationship. The nature of dating violence can be physical, emotional, or sexual.

Published Jan. 2016 Centers for Disease Control


Despite the medical consensus that breastfeeding reduces major health risks to both babies and mothers, discrimination against breastfeeding workers often forces them to stop breastfeeding or lose their jobs.

Published Jan. 2016 Pregnant at Work

Supporting Parents Who Work and Go to School

This brief aims to gain a better understanding of the working student-parent population and the supports and interventions that may facilitate educational success.

Published Jan. 2016 Urban Institute

Buffalo has 20th-worst gender gap in America, with men being paid 39% more than women

New statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show that men still earn more than women in every major metropolitan area across the country, including Buffalo.

Published Dec. 2015 Buffalo Business First

The Equity Imperative in Collective Impact

The collective impact framework can empower people to make a real difference in communities around the world, but the five conditions (a common agenda, shared measurement systems, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and backbone support organizations) are missing a critical dimension: equity.

Published Oct. 2015 Stanford Social Innovation Review

To Fight Inequality, Support Women’s Work

The dual awareness that women’s work serves as an income equalizer among households and that family-friendly policies, by extension, are essential tools in fighting income inequality has been slow to take root on this side of the Atlantic.

Published Sep. 2015 Center for American Progress

Proposed NYC bill helps parents identify day cares that are unlicensed and lack training

A bill to be introduced this week by Councilmembers Jimmy Vacca (D-Bronx) and Margaret Chin (D-Manhattan) would require the city to publish reports listing the names and addresses of day care centers that have been shut down or given cease and desist orders because they were unlicensed.

Published Sep. 2015 New York Daily News

Poloncarz Appoints Members of Poverty Committee

Today, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined by staff from various county departments and community members to announce the appointees of the re-established Welfare Advisory Board, which will function as a Poverty Committee to advise Erie County on how to reduce poverty.

Published Sep. 2015 Erie County

The Cost of Doing Nothing

In the following pages, this report documents these impacts in greater detail, showing how they harm America’s workers, families, businesses, and our nation as a whole. By gathering and putting these facts on the table, the Department of Labor seeks to better inform this critical policy conversation.


Moms at Work The Working Mother Report

The impact that the intersection of work life has on working mothers, their careers and their families

Published Sep. 2015 Working Mother Research Institute

The Importance of Women of Color Voters: Then and Now

For women and people of color, the power of the vote has been instrumental in helping to expand opportunities in employment, education, and beyond and to level the playing field so that everyone has a chance to succeed.

Published Aug. 2015 The Center for American Progress

Gender pay gap? The retirement gap’s even worse

Try describing the financial gap between men and women, and 78 cents probably comes to mind. That’s what a woman earns for every dollar a man brings home, and it is publicly noted every year on Equal Pay Day. But the gender pay gap pales in comparison to a growing challenge for women: the retirement gender gap.

Published Aug. 2015 Nightly Business Report


This issue brief examines evidence on the prevalence of unpredictable and non-standard work schedules, and on how such schedules impair children’s development. It concludes by proposing policy solutions.

Published Aug. 2015 Economic Policy Institute

Teens, Technology, & Friendships

Video games, social media and mobile phones play an integral role in how teens meet and interact with friends.

Published Aug. 2015 Pew Research Center

Young Black America Part Four: The Wrong Way to Close the Gender Wage Gap

Young blacks in America have had significant improvements in educational attainment since the early 1980s.

Published Aug. 2015 Center for Economic and Policy Research

Teen Girls and Leadership Biases

Teen girls who are the key to closing the gender gap appear to face an age-old and powerful barrier: gender bias, and specifically biases about their leadership.

Published Jul. 2015 Harvard Graduate School of Education

Solving the Equation The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing

Advancing girls and women in the STEM field by looking at stereotypes and biases, social relevance, cultivating a sense of belonging and changing the environment.

Published Jul. 2015 American Association of University Women

Young Black America Part Three: Employment, Unemployment, and the Incomplete Recovery

As documented in parts one and two of this series, young blacks are completing high school and college at higher rates than in the past.1 This third installment and subsequent reports will examine whether these increases in educational attainment have led to better labor market outcomes.

Published Jun. 2015 Center for Economic and Policy Research

Poverty Interrupted

Applying Behavioral Science to the Context of Chronic Scarcity

Published May. 2015 Ideas 42

How and Why Women Give

The purpose of this literature review is to summarize the existing academic research on women, gender, and philanthropy and create a comprehensive picture of what we know about women’s giving and gender differences in giving today.

Published May. 2015 IUPUI Women's Philanthropy Institute

The Full Participation Report

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the No Ceilings initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation joined forces to assess the evidence on the gains and gaps in progress for women and girls over the past 20 years. We asked: What do women’s and girls’ lives look like around the world 20 years after the Beijing conference? What barriers remain? What do the numbers tell us? How have laws and policies progressed over the same period? What information do we still need in order to assess the status of women and girls?

Published Mar. 2015 No Ceilings

Young Black America Part One: High School Completion Rates are at their Highest Ever

This issue brief will focus on the high school status completion rates of blacks ages 20 to 24 since 1975. Future reports will focus on other issues facing young blacks, including college graduation rates, unemployment rates, wages, and poverty rates.

Published Mar. 2015 Center for Economic and Policy Research

Older women workers and economic security

Economic needs and burdens of older women, retirement income influenced by demographics

Published Feb. 2015 US Department of Labor Women's Bureau

Financial Experience And Behaviors Among Women

Different financial goals and attitudes.

Published Jan. 2015 Prudential

New, Uniform Sexual Assault Policy to Protect New York’s College Students

New York State wants students to be able to have sexual assaults investigated and prosecuted.

Published Jan. 2015 New York State

Where will you find your next leader?

Gender equality in sports can be empowering for women and promote leadership.

Published Jan. 2015 EY Women's Athlete Business Network & espnW


Our eighth biennial study on the Financial Experience & Behaviors Among Women uncovers optimism about recovering markets and encouraging short-term improvements, but troubling long-term trends.

Published Jan. 2015 Prudential

The Status of Women in the States

The Status of Women in New York, 2015: Highlights

Published Jan. 2015 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Perspectives in Philanthropy: The Advancement of Women and Girls

The Advancement of Women and Girls” includes a broad range of articles that highlight the tremendous work both individuals and institutions are engaged in to empower women and girls all over the world.

Published Jan. 2015 Morgan Stanley

Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced, & Underprotected

The research reflected in this report was designed to elevate the voices of Black girls and other girls of color affected by punitive policies so as to deepen our understanding of the ways they experience inhospitable educational environments and to produce recommendations designed to eliminate those inequities.

Published Jan. 2015 African American Policy Forum

Women as Mentors: Does She or Doesn’t She?

Women can benefit from mentoring— and from being mentors. So why aren’t more women engaging in mentoring relationships?

Published Jan. 2014 Development Dimensions International

Moving Women Forward On the 50th Anniversary of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act

This Report is a three-part series that examines: sexual harassment and violence, discrimination against pregnant workers and working mothers, and the gender wage gap.

Published Jan. 2014 Equal Rights Advocates