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: Trauma/Violence

Know Your Rights, New York: Sexual Harrassment

This know your rights guide provides an overview of your rights as an employee and what you can do if you or someone you know is facing harassment at work.

Published Oct. 2019 Time's Up Foundation

Domestic Violence: Finding Safety and Support

This booklet is for anyone who may be abused, or anyone who thinks they know someone who may be abused. It is not always easy to recognize abuse.

Published Aug. 2019 Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Sexual Harassment Laws to Change in NY Under Bill Passed by Legislature

"We don’t yet have the strongest laws in the nation, but we’re a lot closer, and we’ll continue to work until we do

Published Jun. 2019 The New York Law Journal


On September 13, 2018, 95 out of 97 (98%) identified domestic violence programs in New York participated in the National Census of Domestic Violence Services. The following figures represent the information provided by these 95 participating programs about services provided during the 24-hour survey period.

Published Jan. 2019 National Network to End Domestic Violence

13th Annual Domestic Violence Counts Report

On September 13, 2018, for the thirteenth consecutive year, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) conducted a one-day, unduplicated census of domestic violence services requested and received across the country. The data – including the number of individuals accessing services, the types of services they requested, and the number of unmet requests – appears in the context of the stories and experiences of survivors and advocates.

Published Jan. 2019 National Network to End Domestic Violence

STEM Students Are Asking More of the #MeToo Movement

Harassment in the sciences doesn’t only come in the form of neatly packaged Title IX reports of clear sexual abuse.

Published Apr. 2018 The Nation

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

How to Encourage More Women to Report Sexual Harassment

Another day, another set of headlines about a powerful man who sexually harassed women for decades, without any repercussions besides writing checks to keep his victims quiet

Published Oct. 2017 NY Times

The Economic Cost of Intimate Partner Violence

Can increase medical debt, educational attainment, and housing instability

Published Aug. 2017 The Institute for Women's Policy Research

Understanding teen dating violence

Data on dating violence. Dating violence occurs between two people in a close relationship. The nature of dating violence can be physical, emotional, or sexual.

Published Jan. 2016 Centers for Disease Control

New, Uniform Sexual Assault Policy to Protect New York’s College Students

New York State wants students to be able to have sexual assaults investigated and prosecuted.

Published Jan. 2015 New York State

Moving Women Forward On the 50th Anniversary of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act

This Report is a three-part series that examines: sexual harassment and violence, discrimination against pregnant workers and working mothers, and the gender wage gap.

Published Jan. 2014 Equal Rights Advocates