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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: Women at Work

WNYWF Fact Sheet – Women At Work

Published Sep. 2019

WNYWF Fact Finder – Gender Pay Gap

Published Sep. 2019

The Child Care Crisis is Keeping Women out of the Work Force

Challenges of staying at work while raising a child- families forced to make the decision to leave work to become full-time caregiver or to stay at work and struggle to pay childcare's high-costs.

Published Mar. 2019 American Progress

A Seat at the Head of the Table

From the 1970's, women have made serious progress in the workplace. Then that progress has stalled, especially at the top.

Published Feb. 2019 NY Times

Why Older Workers are the Economy’s Hidden Asset

Americans have a different view of what "retirement" means

Published Feb. 2019 Fast Company

It’s 2019. Women are less likely to be identified by their accomplishments.

How women's accomplishments are often overlooked

Published Feb. 2019 Huff Post

The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women

Womens staggering success in film related careers.

Published Jan. 2019 Martha M. Lauzen

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

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

Against Women- but Steps Could Fix that

Survey finds that women are unrepresented at every corporate level in the U.S.

Published Oct. 2018 Market Watch

NYS Salary Negotiating Guide

Importance of professionally negotiating salaries and how to prepare for it .

Published Apr. 2018 NYS Department of Labor

Still a man’s labor market

Data of gender differences in wages

Published Apr. 2018 The Hamilton Project

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

Pathways to Progress, Vol. 2

100 facts that will guide our community's work to make WNY a great place for women to live, grow, and lead

Published Nov. 2017 WNY Women's Foundation

How Women are Still Left Behind in the Labor Market

General statistics of gender wage differences

Published Sep. 2017 Institute for Women's Policy Research

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

Coupling Child Care With Pathways To Nontraditional, Higher Paying Work

Workforce Training for Low-Income Mothers

Published Jun. 2017 Mississippi Low Income Child Care Initiative

Closing the Skills Gap

The “skills gap” in the United States is serious. Here is how to do better.

Published Feb. 2017 McKinsey & Company

Supports that Matter in Workforce Development Programs

This report captures participant perspectives on the role of supportive services in facilitating their success in job training, the availability of supportive services, the unmet needs of participants, and the significance of job training for them.

Published Feb. 2017 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Undervalued and Underpaid in America Women in Low-Wage, Female-Dominated Jobs

This report investigates women’s experiences in large, low-wage, growing, female-dominated occupations, comparing demographic data and indicators of economic security between 1994 and 2014, and projecting growth rates to 2024.

Published Nov. 2016 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Working Mothers Issue Brief

Labor force participation by family type, race, and poverty

Published Jun. 2016 US Department of Labor Women's Bureau

Older women are being forced out of the workforce

Discrimination in the workplace

Published Mar. 2016 Harvard Business Review

Barriers and Bias

The report examines the causes of women’s underrepresentation in leadership roles in business, politics, and education and suggests what we can do to change the status quo.

Published Mar. 2016 American Association of University Women

Shortchanged in Retirement

The Continuing Challenges to Women’s Financial Future

Published Mar. 2016 National Institute on Retirement Security

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

EXPOSED: DISCRIMINATION AGAINST BREASTFEEDING WORKERS

Despite the medical consensus that breastfeeding reduces major health risks to both babies and mothers, discrimination against breastfeeding workers often forces them to stop breastfeeding or lose their jobs.

Published Jan. 2016 Pregnant at Work

Moms at Work The Working Mother Report

The impact that the intersection of work life has on working mothers, their careers and their families

Published Sep. 2015 Working Mother Research Institute

PARENTS’ NON-STANDARD WORK SCHEDULES MAKE ADEQUATE CHILDREARING DIFFICULT

This issue brief examines evidence on the prevalence of unpredictable and non-standard work schedules, and on how such schedules impair children’s development. It concludes by proposing policy solutions.

Published Aug. 2015 Economic Policy Institute