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: Wage Gap

WNYWF Fact Sheet – The Gap, Gender Equity

Published Sep. 2019

WNYWF Fact Finder – Gender Pay Gap

Published Sep. 2019

Women reach their earnings peak 11 years before men and are paid $35,000 less, survey shows

Women reach their peak earning potential some 11 years before men and earn a salary almost $35,000 lower than their male counterparts, a new study has found.

Published Jun. 2019 Post 24x7

The pay gap is real. Companies are still debating on what to do.

While most companies are aware of the need for pay parity, one-third of employers that have identified a pay gap among employees are still debating remedying it.

Published May. 2019 Bizwomen

Research: Gender Pay Gaps Shrink When Companies Are Required to Disclose Them

We have just conducted the first empirical study on the impact of mandatory wage transparency. That study’s results suggest that disclosing disparities in gender pay does in fact narrow the gender wage gap.

Published Jan. 2019 Havard Business Review


The uncontrolled gender pay gap, which takes the ratio of median earnings of all women to all men, decreased by $0.05 since 2015. However, women still make only $0.79 for every dollar men make in 2019.

Published Jan. 2019 Payscale

The Global Gender Gap Report 2018

Through this report we aim to inspire ongoing efforts and further action to accelerate the achievement of full gender equality via collaboration, partnerships and innovative solutions that will improve the lives of millions of women and men in the near future. We call upon every reader of this report to join these efforts.

Published Dec. 2018 World Economic Forum

Gender gap is smaller in Buffalo than in most metros, but it’s still wide

The gender gap is substantial and persistent in the Buffalo metropolitan area, but the local disparity is not as large as those in most major U.S. metros.

Published Nov. 2018 Buffalo Business First

The Economic Pathways to Gender Equality

Is 2018 the Year of the Woman 2.0? Women are speaking out against harassment and entering politics at unprecedented levels—but while women have made progress on important fronts, many barriers to equality remain, and most of them are economic.

Published Nov. 2018 Ms. Magazine

Closing the Gender Gap: A Missed Opportunity for New CEO’s

Management should create opportunities for New CEOs to boost gender diversity.

Published Oct. 2018 Mckinsey and Company

The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap Fall 2018

This guide provides key facts about the gender pay gap in the United States. Included are breakdowns of the gender pay gap by race and ethnicity, by education, by age, and by occupation, as well as a detailed discussion of the causes of the gender pay gap.

Published Sep. 2018 AAUW

The Gender Wage Gap by Occupation 2017 and by Race and Ethnicity

Women’s median earnings are lower than men’s in nearly all occupations, whether they work in occupations predominantly done by women, occupations predominantly done by men, or occupations with a more even mix of men and women.

Published Apr. 2018 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Gender wage inequality

Over the past 40 years, women in the United States increased their work hours, and their rising incomes became a significant part of overall household financial stability.

Published Apr. 2018 Equitable Growth

Closing the Gender Wage Gap in New York State

New York State has a long and proud tradition of leading on women's rights issues – from the movement's inception in Seneca Falls in 1848, to 1917 when New York women won the right to vote (three years before the 19th Amendment was ratified), to the passage of the historic Women's Equality Agenda in 2015.

Published Apr. 2018 NYS Department of Labor


When comparing all men and women who work full time, year round in the United States, women are paid just 80 cents for every dollar paid to men.

Published Sep. 2017 National Women's Law Center

The Gender Wage Gap Fact Sheet

Graphs and tables on median incomes by gender, race, year

Published Sep. 2017 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Five Ways to Win an Arguement about the Gender Wage Gap

Facts on the workforce and how women still face discrimination

Published Sep. 2017 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Women in Erie County earn less than men regardless of education

If you're a woman with a college degree in Erie County, chances are you are making a fourth to a third less than a man of the same educational level.

Published Aug. 2017 Buffalo News

Foundation’s loans give women entrepreneurs a boost

Microloans and a pitch competition launched by the Michigan Women's Foundation over the past few years to support women entrepreneurs are quietly helping to create jobs.

Published Mar. 2017 Crain's Detroit Business

Why governments should introduce gender budgeting

IT IS easy to be cynical about government—and rarely does such cynicism go unrewarded. Take, for instance, policy towards women.

Published Feb. 2017 The Economist

The Big Difference Between Women and Men’s Earnings After College

A college education may be called the great equalizer, but when it comes to the gender wage gap, it still has some ways to go

Published Sep. 2016 Center for American Progress

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in the United States

Every state and city in the United States has the opportunity to further gender parity, which could add $4.3 trillion to the country’s economy in 2025.

Published Apr. 2016 McKinsey & Company

Mind the Gap

We have an opportunity to close these gender gaps for all women, one woman at a time, starting with you. And we’re going to give you some deeply practical advice on how to do it.

Published Mar. 2016 Ellevest

Mind the Gap – How Philanthropy Can Address Gender-Based Economic Disparities

Not only is realizing gender equality in our economic, political, and social systems imperative to women’s economic security, it is necessary for those systems to thrive.

Published Mar. 2016 For Women

Pathways to Equity Narrowing the Wage Gap by Improving Women’s Access to Good Middle-Skill Jobs

This report addresses women’s access to well-paid, growing, middle-skill jobs (jobs that do not require a bachelor’s degree).

Published Mar. 2016 Institute for Women's Policy Research

The Gender Wage Gap and Public Policy

The basic facts about the gender wage gap, summarizing data on earnings differences between women and men by race and ethnicity, education, and occupation and reasons for the gender wage gap, its consequences for women and their families, and policies that can help to close it.

Published Feb. 2016 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Buffalo has 20th-worst gender gap in America, with men being paid 39% more than women

New statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show that men still earn more than women in every major metropolitan area across the country, including Buffalo.

Published Dec. 2015 Buffalo Business First

Gender pay gap? The retirement gap’s even worse

Try describing the financial gap between men and women, and 78 cents probably comes to mind. That’s what a woman earns for every dollar a man brings home, and it is publicly noted every year on Equal Pay Day. But the gender pay gap pales in comparison to a growing challenge for women: the retirement gender gap.

Published Aug. 2015 Nightly Business Report