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.
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
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
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