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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 of Color

The Competitive Advantage of Racial Equity

Racial equity by wealth, health, education, and career, and how to tackle these issues in a professional setting

Published Oct. 2017 FSG

Single Mothers in College: Growing Enrollment, Financial Challenges, and the Benefits of Attainment

Data on moms in college by race, unmet financial need, and benefits of their success

Published Sep. 2017 Institute for Women's Policy Research

How CSR Can Advance Gender Equity

Catering Corporate Social Responsibility programs to individual women dependent on their needs and access

Published Sep. 2017 FSG

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

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

Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood

First study focused on “adultification” of black girls shows significant bias toward girls starting at age 5, younger than in previous research on black boys

Published Jun. 2017 Center on Poverty and Inequality - Georgetown Law

The Status of Black Women in the United States

The Status of Black Women in the United States seeks to address the gap in research on Black women’s well-being and to provide data that can inform policy and programmatic changes to benefit Black women and their families.

Published Jun. 2017 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans

This report looks at how student debt became a women's issue.

Published May. 2017 American Association of University Women

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

2017 Alzheimer’s disease facts and figures

Demographics of Alzheimer's

Published Jan. 2017 Alzheimer's Association

Women in the Workplace 2017

A comprehensive study of the state of women in the workforce

Published Jan. 2017 McKinsey & Company

A Fair Shot for Millennial Women and Families

How millennial women are affected by student debt, race, and other demographics

Published Nov. 2016 Center for American Progress

Women are better than men at paying their mortgages

Women pay more on average for mortgages

Published Sep. 2016 The Urban Institute

Working Mothers Issue Brief

Labor force participation by family type, race, and poverty

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

NOT JUST About More Time

"A case for stretching the definition of expanded learning time to include academic and non-academic support services especially for low income students"

Published May. 2016 Say Yes to Education

The 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report

Statistics on women-owned businesses.

Published Jan. 2016 American Express OPEN

Intimate Partner Violence 1993-2010

Statistics on intimate partner violence

Published Sep. 2015 Bureau of Justice Statistics

Teens, Technology, & Friendships

Video games, social media and mobile phones play an integral role in how teens meet and interact with friends.

Published Aug. 2015 Pew Research Center

Solving the Equation The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing

Advancing girls and women in the STEM field by looking at stereotypes and biases, social relevance, cultivating a sense of belonging and changing the environment.

Published Jul. 2015 American Association of University Women

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

Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced, & Underprotected

The research reflected in this report was designed to elevate the voices of Black girls and other girls of color affected by punitive policies so as to deepen our understanding of the ways they experience inhospitable educational environments and to produce recommendations designed to eliminate those inequities.

Published Jan. 2015 African American Policy Forum

Record share of Americans have never married

Values, economics, and gender patterns change

Published Sep. 2014 Pew Research Center

Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity

This report shines a spotlight on the barriers faced by African American girls and women, and the impact on their lives. It contains recommendations for educators, school leaders, communities, advocates, policymakers, and philanthropic organizations to take action to advance the success of African American girls.

Published Sep. 2014 National Women's Law Center

College affordability for low-income adults

Improving returns on investment for families and society

Published Jan. 2014 Institute for Women's Policy Research

Youth Mental Health

A graph of risk and protective factors

Published Jan. 2014 Youth.gov

Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls

A call to action for educational equity.

Published Jan. 2014 NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, & National Women's Law Center

Paid Family Leave: A Crucial Support for Breastfeeding

Although workplace supports for breastfeeding are increasingly gaining attention, and the new federal healthcare law is already changing employer practices in this regard, balancing work and breastfeeding continues to be a major challenge for new mothers.

Published Aug. 2013 CLASP, & Breastfeeding Taskforce of Los Angeles

Teen Pregnancy Affects Graduation Rates

Academic achievement difficult for teen parents.

Published Jun. 2013 National Conference of State Legislatures

Delayed childbearing: More women are having their first child later in life

Statistics on births rates given age, geographic location, and country of origin.

Published Aug. 2009 National Center for Health Statistics

Sports and Fitness in the Lives of Working Women

Sports and fitness can translate into the workplace through teamwork and drive.

Published Jan. 1993 The Women's Sports Foundation