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: Gender Equity/Career Ladder

WNYWF Fact Sheet – The Gap, Gender Equity

Published Sep. 2019

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

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

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

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

Women need other women to get ahead in the workplace, says science

Published Jan. 2019

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 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

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


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

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

Still a man’s labor market

Data of gender differences in wages

Published Apr. 2018 The Hamilton Project

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


Published Jan. 2018

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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