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The Foundation researches and educates on women’s issues to acknowledge barriers and identify opportunities.

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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: Poverty

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

Understanding the New College Majority

The Demographic and Financial Characteristics of Independent Students and their Postsecondary Outcomes

Published Feb. 2018 Institute for Women's Policy Research

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

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

The Competitive Advantage of Racial Equity

Racial equity by wealth, health, education, and career, and how to tackle these issues in a professional setting

Published Oct. 2017 FSG

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

How CSR Can Advance Gender Equity

Catering Corporate Social Responsibility programs to individual women dependent on their needs and access

Published Sep. 2017 FSG

Women & Children Living in Poverty

WNY Women's Foundation Fact Sheet

Published Aug. 2017 WNY Women's Foundation

Investing in the next generation

A Bottom-Up Approach to Creating Better Outcomes for Children and Youth

Published Aug. 2017 Brookings Institution

Black and Hispanic Women Lag in Recovering from the Recession

Unemployment among Young Women Before and After the Recession by Age, Race, and Ethnicity

Published Aug. 2017 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans

This report looks at how student debt became a women's issue.

Published May. 2017 American Association of University Women

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

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 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

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

Women are better than men at paying their mortgages

Women pay more on average for mortgages

Published Sep. 2016 The Urban Institute

Working Mothers Issue Brief

Labor force participation by family type, race, and poverty

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

The Complex Data on Girls in STEM

Goals are to increase girls' persistence and resilience in STEM studies to develop their career paths.

Published May. 2016 The Atlantic

NOT JUST About More Time

"A case for stretching the definition of expanded learning time to include academic and non-academic support services especially for low income students"

Published May. 2016 Say Yes to Education

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

Poverty Interrupted

Applying Behavioral Science to the Context of Chronic Scarcity

Published May. 2015 Ideas 42

Older women workers and economic security

Economic needs and burdens of older women, retirement income influenced by demographics

Published Feb. 2015 US Department of Labor Women's Bureau

Financial Experience And Behaviors Among Women

Different financial goals and attitudes.

Published Jan. 2015 Prudential

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Stress & Early Brain Growth: Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Published Jan. 2015 Spokane Washington Regional Health District

Annual Report on the State of Homelessness in WNY

Key findings and recommendations to address homelessness in WNY

Published Jan. 2015 Homeless Alliance of WNY

Record share of Americans have never married

Values, economics, and gender patterns change

Published Sep. 2014 Pew Research Center

College affordability for low-income adults

Improving returns on investment for families and society

Published Jan. 2014 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Youth Mental Health

A graph of risk and protective factors

Published Jan. 2014 Youth.gov

Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls

A call to action for educational equity.

Published Jan. 2014 NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, & National Women's Law 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

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

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

Childhood and Intergenerational Poverty

The long term consequences of growing up poor

Published Nov. 2009 National Center for Children in Poverty