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: Paid Leave

To achieve gender equality, we need to support men as caregivers

A crucial part of the fight for gender equality has long stayed in the shadows: support for men as caregivers. In the United States and much of the world, laws, policies, and stigmas still push women to be caregivers and prevent men from having the option.

Published Jun. 2019 Evoke

Statement of Pronita Gupta Testimony Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means

I am the Director of Job Quality at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), an anti-poverty organization that promotes effective federal and state policies for low-income families and individuals. I am truly honored to come before this committee to speak to the central importance of paid family and medical leave for all workers, and especially for low-income workers, parents, children, seniors, and people of color.

Published May. 2019 CLASP

Workplaces Aren’t Paying Attention To The Growing Caretaking Crisis, And It’s Costing Them Talent

The caretaking crisis that’s coming in America is not just about women and children: it’s also about millennials, men, executive leaders, and seniors.

Published Jan. 2019 Forbes

The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women

Womens staggering success in film related careers.

Published Jan. 2019 Martha M. Lauzen

Comptroller Mychajliw Announces Audit of Erie County Family Leave Policies

Comptroller Mychajliw impanels “Erie County Comptroller’s Family Leave Commission,” charged with making recommendations to change outdated family leave policies

Published Jan. 2019 Erie County

Gender equality in the nursery is the key to achieving gender equality in the workplace

In the 21st century, both men and women are needed in the workplace and the nursery. Because when the male hand also rocks the cradle, the world wins.

Published Dec. 2018 NBC News

Raising Expectations: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws That Help Working Family Caregivers

This report, Raising Expectations , examines and grades states based on whether and to what extent their laws help people manage their work, health and care needs by guaranteeing workers’ access to paid or unpaid workplace leave.

Published Sep. 2018 National Partnership for Women & Families

Celebrate Labor Day by supporting national paid family leave

None of us should have to choose between the job we need and the family we love. That's the concept behind paid family leave.

Published Sep. 2017 The Washington Post

The Cost of Doing Nothing

In the following pages, this report documents these impacts in greater detail, showing how they harm America’s workers, families, businesses, and our nation as a whole. By gathering and putting these facts on the table, the Department of Labor seeks to better inform this critical policy conversation.