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: Economic Development

WNYWF Fact Sheet – Finances

Published Sep. 2019

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

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

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

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

NYS Salary Negotiating Guide

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

Published Apr. 2018 NYS Department of Labor

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

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

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

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

Women’s Economic Security Wrap Around Strategies

Economic Securities Offered by NYS

Published Oct. 2017 Partnership for Womens Prosperity

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

Women are better than men at paying their mortgages

Women pay more on average for mortgages

Published Sep. 2016 The Urban Institute

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

Shortchanged in Retirement

The Continuing Challenges to Women’s Financial Future

Published Mar. 2016 National Institute on Retirement Security

Financial Experience And Behaviors Among Women

Different financial goals and attitudes.

Published Jan. 2015 Prudential


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