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

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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.

Topic: Adolescence

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

Women & Children Living in Poverty

WNY Women's Foundation Fact Sheet

Published Aug. 2017 WNY Women's Foundation

Investing in the next generation

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

Published Aug. 2017 Brookings Institution

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

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

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

Niagara Falls students seek better sex education than “abstinence only”

Need for other forms of sex education.

Published May. 2017 The Buffalo News

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

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

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

NOT JUST About More Time

"A case for stretching the definition of expanded learning time to include academic and non-academic support services especially for low income students"

Published May. 2016 Say Yes to Education

Opioid Addiction 2016 Facts and Figures

Statistics on the opioid epidemic and opioid addiction.

Published Jan. 2016 American Society of Addiction Medicine

Teens and E-Cigarettes

Infographic with rates of drug usage among teenagers.

Published Jan. 2016 National Institute on Drug Abuse

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

Intimate Partner Violence 1993-2010

Statistics on intimate partner violence

Published Sep. 2015 Bureau of Justice Statistics

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

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

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

ACEs Handout

Stress & Early Brain Growth: Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Published Jan. 2015 Spokane Washington Regional Health District

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

Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity

This report shines a spotlight on the barriers faced by African American girls and women, and the impact on their lives. It contains recommendations for educators, school leaders, communities, advocates, policymakers, and philanthropic organizations to take action to advance the success of African American girls.

Published Sep. 2014 National Women's Law Center

Examining the Impact of Afterschool STEM Impacts

A look at the impact a strong STEM experience can make on participating youth.

Published Jul. 2014 Afterschool Alliance

Youth Mental Health

A graph of risk and protective factors

Published Jan. 2014 Youth.gov

Afterschool Essentials: Research and Polling

Afterschool programs, when they are accessible, provide a safe learning environment for children and adolescents while their parents are still at work.

Published Jan. 2014 Afterschool Alliance

Teen Pregnancy Affects Graduation Rates

Academic achievement difficult for teen parents.

Published Jun. 2013 National Conference of State Legislatures

The State of Girls: Unfinished Business

The report contains current statistical indicators and projections about the future that are focused on key issues such as the health, safety, and educational achievement of girls, as well as demographic trends.

Published Jan. 2013 Girl Scout Research Institute

2011-12 Community Needs Assessment

Looking at needs in Erie County in education, income, health and wellness, and overarching concerns

Published Jan. 2012 United Way of Buffalo and Erie County

Women in STEM – A Gender Gap Innovation

Women are underrepresented in STEM

Published Aug. 2011 U.S. Department of Commerce

Why so few? Women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

This report demonstrates the effects of societal beliefs and the learning environment on girls’ achievements and interest in science and math.

Published Jan. 2010 American Association of University Women

Delayed childbearing: More women are having their first child later in life

Statistics on births rates given age, geographic location, and country of origin.

Published Aug. 2009 National Center for Health Statistics

Sports and Fitness in the Lives of Working Women

Sports and fitness can translate into the workplace through teamwork and drive.

Published Jan. 1993 The Women's Sports Foundation