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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: Senior Women

These are the jobs popular with older workers

About 40 percent of Americans 55 and older are working or seeking employment, according to March data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Published Jun. 2019 bizwomen

Stop Telling Me I Look Younger Than My Age

We disclose our ages and the ages of our friends like apologies then immediately slap on the absurd statement that we (or they) look so much “younger.” This is ageism at its most insidious ― cloaked as a compliment.

Published Feb. 2019 Huff Post

Why Older Workers are the Economy’s Hidden Asset

Americans have a different view of what "retirement" means

Published Feb. 2019 Fast Company

The Negative Effects of Elderspeak

Talking down to older adults is not only disrespectful, but it can be detrimental.

Published Jan. 2019 Next Avenue

Better with Age?

How the youth views seniors & the aging process

Published Jan. 2019 A Place for Mom

After 50, Women Struggle to Find a Foothold at Work

Older women in the U.S. are eager to work. And employers, facing a tight labor market and a dwindling supply of workers as older baby boomers retire, need these women.

Published Oct. 2017 The Wall Street Journal

2017 Alzheimer’s disease facts and figures

Demographics of Alzheimer's

Published Jan. 2017 Alzheimer's Association

Older women are being forced out of the workforce

Discrimination in the workplace

Published Mar. 2016 Harvard Business Review

Shortchanged in Retirement

The Continuing Challenges to Women’s Financial Future

Published Mar. 2016 National Institute on Retirement Security

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