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: Motherhood

Aligning and Streamlining Systems to Secure Better Outcomes for Families

State Leaders are leveraging the two-generation approach to advance outcomes for children and families. Aspen Institute has continued to solidify its role as a national hub fir breakthrough ideas to help families reach their full potential.

Published Feb. 2019 The Aspen Institute

Childcare Affordability for Working Parents

Childcare is inaffordable for the majority of working parents. Especially for low-income and black and Hispanic working parents.

Published Nov. 2018 Diversity Data Kids

Investing in Single Mothers’ Higher Education: Costs and Benefits to Individuals, Families, and Society

Postsecondary education is a reliable pathway to economic security and is increasingly important to securing family-sustaining employment.

Published Oct. 2018 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Single Mothers with College Degrees Much Less Likely to Live in Poverty

Earning a postsecondary degree is a well-established pathway out of poverty, and degrees are especially life-changing for women raising children on their own.

Published Jul. 2018 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Time Demands of Single Mother College Students and the Role of Child Care in their Postsecondary Success

Time Use Among Single Mothers in College: Tradeoffs between Child Care, Studying, and Self-Care

Published May. 2018 Institute for Women's Policy Research

When “Universal” Childcare isn’t Universally High-Quality

Quebec made up for shortages in its day-care system by letting private centers step in.

Published May. 2018 The Atlantic

College, With Kids, The Chronicle of Higher Education

College student & parenting: how colleges are accommodating for these students.

Published Feb. 2018 The Chronicle of Higher Education

Is Your Campus Family Friendly? Data and Tools to Promote Student Parent Success

Building a collaborative approach to improving conditions for parenting students on campus

Published Jan. 2018 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Persistent Gaps: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2017

Need for overcoming barriers to child care assistance, using income eligibility, waiting lists, and copayment levels to advocate for policy

Published Oct. 2017 National Women's Law Center

Single Mothers in College: Growing Enrollment, Financial Challenges, and the Benefits of Attainment

Data on moms in college by race, unmet financial need, and benefits of their success

Published Sep. 2017 Institute for Women's Policy Research

A Blueprint for Child Care Reform

Making more affordable, accommodating, and accessible child care

Published Sep. 2017 Center for American Progress

Five Ways to Win an Arguement about the Gender Wage Gap

Facts on the workforce and how women still face discrimination

Published Sep. 2017 Institute for Women's Policy Research

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

Coupling Child Care With Pathways To Nontraditional, Higher Paying Work

Workforce Training for Low-Income Mothers

Published Jun. 2017 Mississippi Low Income Child Care Initiative

The Family-Friendly Campus Imperative: Supporting Success Among Community College Students with Children

Ensuring Economic Security and Meeting the Workforce Needs of the Nation

Published Mar. 2017 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Why the federal government should subsidize childcare and how to pay for it.

Now is the time and the opportunity for serious political consideration of new funding and delivery models for childcare.

Published Mar. 2017 Brookings Institution

What does good child care reform look like?

Gaps in current child care policy and assessing quality and affordability of potential policy initiatives

Published Mar. 2017 Economic Policy Institute

The Family-Friendly Campus Imperative

This paper presents a portrait of the community college student parent population, their unique needs, and discusses the role that child care plays in their educational success.

Published Mar. 2017 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Winning Beginning NY Executive Agenda 2017-18

Agenda for future advocacy initiatives

Published Jan. 2017 Winning Beginning NY

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

The Simple Truth About The Gender Pay Gap

The pay gap affects women of different demographics and is caused by different experiences. There are things individuals can do to change this.

Published Jan. 2017 American Association of University Women

Child Care Brief


Published Jan. 2017 US Department of Health & Human Services

Working Mothers Issue Brief

Labor force participation by family type, race, and poverty

Published Jun. 2016 US Department of Labor Women's Bureau

Child care costs in New York among nation’s worst

Ongoing increases in child care costs are putting a strain on families across the country, with New York being the least financially accessible.

Published Feb. 2016 Buffalo Business First

Intimate Partner Violence 1993-2010

Statistics on intimate partner violence

Published Sep. 2015 Bureau of Justice Statistics

A New Vision for Child Care in the United States

A Proposed New Tax Credit to Expand High-Quality Child Care

Published Sep. 2015 Center for American Progress

Moms at Work The Working Mother Report

The impact that the intersection of work life has on working mothers, their careers and their families

Published Sep. 2015 Working Mother Research Institute

Record share of Americans have never married

Values, economics, and gender patterns change

Published Sep. 2014 Pew Research Center

Still Mending the Patchwork

A report examining county-by-county inequities in child care subsidy administration in New York State

Published Jun. 2014 Empire Justice Center

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

Paid Family Leave: A Crucial Support for Breastfeeding

Although workplace supports for breastfeeding are increasingly gaining attention, and the new federal healthcare law is already changing employer practices in this regard, balancing work and breastfeeding continues to be a major challenge for new mothers.

Published Aug. 2013 CLASP, & Breastfeeding Taskforce of Los Angeles

Teen Pregnancy Affects Graduation Rates

Academic achievement difficult for teen parents.

Published Jun. 2013 National Conference of State Legislatures

Child Care in Crisis

A Report from the NYS Assembly Child Care Workgroup

Published Feb. 2013 NYS Assembly

Quality: What is it and why it matters in early childhood education

Research shows that quality childcare reduced the gap in achievement

Published Sep. 2012 Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

Quality: What it Is and Why it Matters in Early Childhood Education

This policy brief explains why quality matters, demonstrates what quality looks like, and details how it should be measured.

Published Sep. 2012 Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

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

Why are women still not running for office?

Campaign experience, ambitions, and family responsibilities

Published May. 2008 The Brookings Institute

Why Early Care and Education Deserves as Much Attention, or More, than Prekindergarten Alone

High-quality early care and education (ECE) programs promote positive child outcomes, allow parents to work, and contribute to the local economy.

Published Jan. 2007 Applied Development Science