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: Racial Equity

WNYWF Fact Sheets – Women of Color

Published Sep. 2019

WNYWF Fact Sheet – Black and Hispanic Women and Girls

Published Sep. 2019

Building the Case for Culturally Specific P-3 Strategies in Oregon

Oregon policymakers have opportunity to address early learning by investing into work of culturally specific organizations within the P-3 system of supports.

Published Apr. 2019 Oregon Community Foundation

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

Racial Wealth Divide Snapshot: Women and the Racial Wealth Divide

Overall, women earn lower wages and experience higher levels of poverty than men. This holds for Black and Latina women, who also earn lower wages and experience higher poverty rates than White and Asian women.

Published Mar. 2018 Prosperity Now

Indigenous People of Western New York

The land that is now known as New York State has a rich history of First Nations people, many of whom continue to influence and play key roles in shaping the region. This fact sheet offers information about Native people in Western New York from the far and recent past through 2018.

Published Mar. 2018 Partnership for Public Good

Immigrants, Refugees, and Languages Spoken in Buffalo

According to 2000 Census Data, Buffalo ranked last out of 48 major metro areas in gaining immigrants, and the percentage of Buffalo residents born in foreign countries remains relatively low.

Published Feb. 2018 Cornell University ILR School

Black women are earning more college degrees, but that alone won’t close race gaps

To understand race gaps in income and wealth at the household level, we have to look not only at education and earnings at the individual level, but also at patterns of family formation and marriage.

Published Dec. 2017 Brookings

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

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

Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Groups 2017

Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Groups examines the educational progress and challenges students face in the United States by race/ethnicity. This report shows that over time, students in the racial/ethnic groups of White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Two or more races have completed high school and continued their education in college in increasing numbers.

Published Jul. 2017 National Center for Education Statistics Institute

The Status of Black Women in the United States

The report aims to amplify the historical and current contributions of Black domestic workers to the broader domestic worker movement.

Published Jun. 2017 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood

First study focused on “adultification” of black girls shows significant bias toward girls starting at age 5, younger than in previous research on black boys

Published Jun. 2017 Center on Poverty and Inequality - Georgetown Law

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

Black Women Now the Most Educated Group in US

A new report confirms that black women are now the most educated group in the United States. But we still have a long way to go for pay equity.

Published Jun. 2016 The Root

Minority job, wage picture bleak

African-American and Hispanic workers in Erie County are more than twice as likely to be unemployed as white workers and earn more than 25 percent less that white workers in the same industries, a new study has found.

Published Jan. 2016 The Buffalo News

Young Black America Part Four: The Wrong Way to Close the Gender Wage Gap

Young blacks in America have had significant improvements in educational attainment since the early 1980s.

Published Aug. 2015 Center for Economic and Policy Research

Young Black America Part Three: Employment, Unemployment, and the Incomplete Recovery

As documented in parts one and two of this series, young blacks are completing high school and college at higher rates than in the past.1 This third installment and subsequent reports will examine whether these increases in educational attainment have led to better labor market outcomes.

Published Jun. 2015 Center for Economic and Policy Research

Young Black America Part One: High School Completion Rates are at their Highest Ever

This issue brief will focus on the high school status completion rates of blacks ages 20 to 24 since 1975. Future reports will focus on other issues facing young blacks, including college graduation rates, unemployment rates, wages, and poverty rates.

Published Mar. 2015 Center for Economic and Policy Research

Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced, & Underprotected

The research reflected in this report was designed to elevate the voices of Black girls and other girls of color affected by punitive policies so as to deepen our understanding of the ways they experience inhospitable educational environments and to produce recommendations designed to eliminate those inequities.

Published Jan. 2015 African American Policy Forum