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.
Topic: Civic Engagement
Early Childhood Initiative
Creating an early care and education system to support children & their families
Published Dec. 2018 BiPartisan Policy Center
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
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
Why women don’t run for office
Studies gender differences between career aspirations and confidence
Published Jun. 2017 Politico
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
A stock of the experiences, perspectives, approaches, and influence of women in a polarized, as well as male-dominated, U.S. Congress.
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
The 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report
Statistics on women-owned businesses.
Published Jan. 2016 American Express OPEN
Financial Experience And Behaviors Among Women
Different financial goals and attitudes.
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
The Women’s Leadership Gap
Women's leadership by the numbers.
Published Mar. 2014 Center for American Progress
College affordability for low-income adults
Improving returns on investment for families and society
Published Jan. 2014 Institute for Women's Policy Research
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