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: Poverty

WNYWF Fact Sheet – Poverty

Published Sep. 2019


These data on employment, unemployment, and family relationships are collected as part of the Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly survey of about 60,000 households.

Published Apr. 2019 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

On a Mission to Create Paths Out of Poverty for Single Mothers

According to the Institute of Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), only8% of single motherswho enroll in college will graduate with an associate or bachelor’s degree within six years, compared to 54% of married mothers and 40% of women overall.

Published Mar. 2019 ECMC Foundation

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

Improving NY Child Welfare Outcomes by Strengthening Family Economic Security

NYS Childhood Poverty and their steps to decrease these rates

Published Dec. 2018 Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

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

Overdue for Investment

State Child Care Assistance Policies in 2018

Published Oct. 2018 NWLC

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

One-third of the people in these eight WNY neighborhoods are living in poverty

Business First has collected the latest poverty data for all 81 Western New York ZIPs with populations above 5,000.

Published Jun. 2018 Buffalo Business First

The State of Women: The Bad, the Ugly, and the Good

This presentation on women’s rights and the women’s movement is a snapshot of a big and complex story.

Published Mar. 2018 Lean in

Poverty in Buffalo-Niagara

Poverty in BuffaloNiagara is concentrated in urban areas. It is segregated and racialized. One major cause of poverty is jobs that do not pay enough.

Published Feb. 2018 Partnership for Public Good

More than half of Buffalo children live in poverty, new census figures show

More than half of the children in Buffalo – 54 percent – lived in poverty in 2015, up 7 percentage points from the year before, according to new census estimates from the federal government.

Published Oct. 2017 The Buffalo News

Small decrease shown for child poverty in Buffalo

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday shows that 47.3 percent of children in Buffalo grew up in poverty last year.

Published Sep. 2017 The Buffalo News

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

2016 Annual Report on the State of Homelessness in WNY

The Homeless Alliance of Western New York is the designated Continuum of Care (CoC) agency for Erie County that is responsible for compiling the annual Continuum of Care grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In 2011 this grant awarded $11.2 million in funding for new and renewal projects to homeless agencies throughout Erie County.

Published May. 2017 Cornell University ILR School

New York State Profile of Young Children in Deep Poverty

This profile offers information about young children, age birth to nine, living in deep poverty in New York State, and about policies that could support their healthy development and success.

Published Jan. 2017 National Center for Children in Poverty

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

Working Mothers Issue Brief

Labor force participation by family type, race, and poverty

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

Poloncarz Appoints Members of Poverty Committee

Today, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined by staff from various county departments and community members to announce the appointees of the re-established Welfare Advisory Board, which will function as a Poverty Committee to advise Erie County on how to reduce poverty.

Published Sep. 2015 Erie County

Poverty Interrupted

Applying Behavioral Science to the Context of Chronic Scarcity

Published May. 2015 Ideas 42