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.
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
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
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
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