The WNY Women’s Foundation is the leading advocate for issues affecting women in our region.

What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is about conversations and partnership in Western New York and across New York State, all aimed at creating big, systemic change that empowers women and promotes gender equity.

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.

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


The WNY Women’s Foundation is committed to fostering a vibrant and diverse community, where women have the opportunity to grow and thrive. Our work focuses on women’s economic empowerment and female leadership, supporting women across the region.

This year’s efforts focus around:

  • Women ascending as leaders
  • Women’s economic empowerment

Read more about our 2022 Advocacy Agenda:

2022 Advocacy Agenda

ADVOCACY WIN: New York State Makes Significant investment in child care in the 2022-23 state budget

The final bills of the 2022-23 New York State Budget were released in the early hours of Saturday, April 9, 2022. Due to the tireless efforts of a broad-based and inclusive advocacy coalition – including the WNY Women’s Foundation in a leadership role – the final budget includes significant new funds for child care, although not the $5 billion our coalition had pushed for.

The budget takes steps toward a system that provides sustainable compensation to child care providers and affordable, quality child care for more working families.

Read more:

WNY Women’s Foundation’s Full Statement on NYS Budget