The Foundation’s advocacy and initiatives break down barriers and create opportunities for women’s economic security.


The WNY Women’s Foundation supports programs, legislation and initiatives that empower women and promote economic opportunity and gender equity.

What is Advocacy. Find out who your representatives are: NYS Senate;  NYS Assembly; US Senate; US House of Representatives

Advocacy requires collective action and strong voices!  Be a part of a group of passionate women & men sharing resources and taking action to affect change in Western New York. Please follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn to stay up to date on advocacy issues and receive timely calls to action so you can speak up for women and girls in our community. Take action now!


Community Civic Engagement Effort (CCEE)

In the 2016 primary, New York had the second lowest voter turnout in the country—only 19.7% Voting ensures your voice is heard on issues that affect YOU and YOUR community. ALL IN Community Civic Engagement Effort (CCEE) is a community collective impact project that is centered around:
  1. Getting qualified individuals to register to vote or check registration status
  2. Helping individuals understand their civic engagement responsibility
  3. Providing educational materials/resources on issues and candidates.
  4. Encouraging individuals to vote on November 6th
We are bringing together organizations across WNY and their representatives to help accomplish these goals, leading to a collective impact. Resources of CCEE include:
  • WNY Women’s Foundation Voter Education GuideDOWNLOAD
  • Voter 101 Rack CardDOWNLOAD
  • Candidate Survey Responses – DOWNLOAD



In 2018, the WNY Women’s Foundation’s advocacy work supports women’s empowerment by:

  • Promoting workforce policies and programs that offer women and girls opportunities to achieve their personal and professional goals;
  • Supporting safe, affordable, and accessible childcare programs as a workforce support;
  • Striving to change biased systems that block women and girls from having equal opportunities to grow and lead;
  • Increasing exposure to STEM careers for girls and supporting women in male-dominated STEM fields; and
  • Working to eliminate the intergenerational cycle of poverty that disproportionately affects women and their children.

Read our full 2018 Advocacy Priorities


Paid Family Leave: In 2018, New York State implemented the most comprehensive paid family-leave program in the nation. The WNY Women’s Foundation was the first organization to sign on locally to support advocacy efforts to pass the legislation.

Child Care Subsidies: Advocacy efforts staved off a massive cut to the already underfunded Child Care Subsidy Program in 2017. These efforts highlighted the systemic issue of how funding allocated across the state is now being addressed through legislation to establish a statewide, childcare task force with formal collaboration between stakeholders.

Facilitated Enrollment Child Care Subsidies: This program, available to working families making under 275% of the federal poverty level, was expanded to Erie County in 2016, thus expanding supports available for low-income working parents.