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: Women as Entrepreneurs

The chasm that is WNY’s gender gap

While more women join corporate boards – and while there are many women in charge of health and human services organizations and law firms in this region – corporate chief executive jobs by and large continue to be occupied by men.

Published May. 2019 Buffalo Business First

Women-Owned Businesses Have Less Access to Capital, Fewer Intellectual Property Rights, and Much Lower Revenues

Women-owned businesses with employees are less likely than businesses owned by men to hold intellectual property rights, such as patents, copyrights, and trademarks.

Published Jul. 2018 Institute for Women's Policy Research


To provide a historical view of women’s business ownership, the report compares some topline numbers from 2018 with numbers from 1972 — the first time the U.S. Census Bureau provided data on minority- and women-owned businesses and around the time baby boomers began reaching the age at which they might start a business.

Published Jan. 2018 American Express

Why women don’t see themselves as entrepreneurs

Silicon Valley is even more of a bubble than the rest of small-business America.

Published Jun. 2017 NY Times

Sallie Krawcheck on the untapped power of women in business

Krawcheck is the CEO and co-founder of the women’s digital investment platform Ellevest. She is also the chair of Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund, which invests in companies that advance women.

Published Jan. 2017 bizwomen

2017 Women SMB Owners Achieving Growth Through Community Focus

Women SMB owners are eager for the future and have a clear sense of purpose, about themselves and their businesses. Monetary gain is important, yet it cannot come at the cost of doing work that lacks meaning.

Published Jan. 2017 The Business Journals

NAWBO Buffalo Niagara Chapter is the fastest growing chapter in the United States, the agenda of growth continues

(Buffalo, New York) Buffalo is yet again emerging as a winner. This time, it is the local chapter of the National Association of the Women Business Owners, NAWBO Buffalo-Niagara, which has become the fastest growing NAWBO chapter in the United States out of 54 national chapters. In the 2015-2016 year, the local organization’s membership base grew 80% from a small to a medium sized chapter, and is now on the course of becoming a 100-member chapter.

Published Jun. 2016 43North