Erie County Commission on the Status of Women

Erie County Commission on the Status of Women Connecting women with the resources they need to reach their full potential!

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COVID-19 could erase parenting gains of the last 30 years
10/28/2020
COVID-19 could erase parenting gains of the last 30 years

COVID-19 could erase parenting gains of the last 30 years

The COVID-19 crisis, and the economic and social restrictions that followed it, threaten the progress to erase income-based differences in parenting goals and behaviors.

Even The Most Successful Women Pay A Big Price In Pandemic
10/22/2020
Even The Most Successful Women Pay A Big Price In Pandemic

Even The Most Successful Women Pay A Big Price In Pandemic

The unequal division of household work leads to the "mom penalty." For highly educated, high-income women, it could mean losing promotions, future earning power and roles as future leaders.

Buffalo Girlchoir: A Journey Through Song
10/21/2020
Buffalo Girlchoir: A Journey Through Song

Buffalo Girlchoir: A Journey Through Song

There is a remarkable girls' choir in Buffalo. Founder and Artistic Director Kathleen Bassett, set out to establish the unique group upon receiving a letter from a student saying that she felt empowered by singing at an all-girls school where Bassett was teaching. Previous to that moment, Bassett

Science’s 
Diversity Problem (SSIR)
10/15/2020
Science’s 
Diversity Problem (SSIR)

Science’s 
Diversity Problem (SSIR)

Minority and women researchers have more novel ideas, but they are less likely to be adopted by the scientific mainstream.

For American women in public office, being a mother has become a powerful but tricky credential. A woman who is professi...
10/15/2020
Why ‘Supermom’ Gets Star Billing on Résumés for Public Office

For American women in public office, being a mother has become a powerful but tricky credential. A woman who is professionally successful and ambitious is often seen as threatening or off-putting, researchers have found in multiple surveys of voters, but being a mother tempers that. It makes women seem warm and relatable — and suggests they can relate to voters’ lives, too.

Yet Americans are also ambivalent about mothers who work, forcing women to negotiate an obstacle course of perceptions and expectations.

Little of this is required of men. Compare, for example, the confirmation hearings in 1986 of Justice Antonin Scalia, a mentor of Judge Barrett. Senators welcomed his children to the hearings and offered them breaks, but spent little, if any, time connecting his fatherhood to his professional life. Justice Brett Kavanaugh spoke of coaching his daughters’ basketball teams, but there was little focus on his family life as a qualification.

Judge Barrett and Senator Harris negotiate America’s freighted expectations for women.

Race and racism create specific, unique challenges for women of color that are too easily ignored with broad platitudes ...
10/15/2020
Women are advancing in the workplace, but women of color still lag behind

Race and racism create specific, unique challenges for women of color that are too easily ignored with broad platitudes that seek to advance women’s representation without questioning which women are most likely to benefit.
Aida Harvey Wingfield

Adia Harvey Wingfield explains how racismand sexism adversely affect women in professional environments.

Starting at 2:00 PM today: join us to help PowHer the Vote! This week's topic is "The Safety of BIPOC & All Women." Hear...
10/14/2020

Starting at 2:00 PM today: join us to help PowHer the Vote! This week's topic is "The Safety of BIPOC & All Women." Hear experts’ solutions and ask your candidates about where they stand.

Join today's online rally at: PowHer NY

To learn more, go to: powherthevote.org

7 Election Gender Gap Resources and Getting Out the Vote — GenderAvenger
10/14/2020
7 Election Gender Gap Resources and Getting Out the Vote — GenderAvenger

7 Election Gender Gap Resources and Getting Out the Vote — GenderAvenger

The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) defines the gender gap as “the difference between the percentages of women and men who support a given candidate.” In their latest newsletter, CAWP provides a thorough list of resources on the role the gender gap will play in the 2020 election, i...

Tribute Garden WNY
10/13/2020

Tribute Garden WNY

Photo in The Buffalo News today: "Kendall Vergien and her family and friends stop by the Tribute Garden that honors those affected by domestic violence in Isle View Park in Tonawanda on Monday."

(Photo by Mark Mulville / Buffalo News)

10/12/2020
Virtual Learning Support Centers Open Across Erie County

Many parents are struggling to continue working while their children stay at home learning virtually. That's why the #LiveWellErie Childcare Task Force created Virtual Learning Centers—safe, supervised places where children can attend school online while parents work.

Learn more: erie.gov/VirtualLearning

Princeton University names building for Mellody Hobson, replacing Woodrow Wilson
10/12/2020
Princeton University names building for Mellody Hobson, replacing Woodrow Wilson

Princeton University names building for Mellody Hobson, replacing Woodrow Wilson

The residential college at Princeton University that was named for former President Woodrow Wilson will be rebuilt and renamed after Mellody Hobson, a Black businesswoman who is an alumna of and a major donor to the school. In June, Princeton announced it would remove the name of the 28th U.S. presi...

Seneca Media & Communications Center
10/12/2020

Seneca Media & Communications Center

Happy Sovereign Nations Day/Indigenous People's Day!

The VP Debate: What We Saw - Gender on the Ballot
10/12/2020
The VP Debate: What We Saw - Gender on the Ballot

The VP Debate: What We Saw - Gender on the Ballot

In last night’s historic Vice Presidential debate, Mike Pence and Kamala Harris faced off in a much-anticipated event in Salt Lake City. Moderated by Susan Page, Vice President Pence and Senator Harris each advocated for their ticket’s economic plans, crisis management, and efforts to ensure a s...

"When it comes to unraveling systemic racial and gender bias in the investment community, this data affirms that we are ...
10/08/2020
Quarterly VC funding for female founders drops to three-year low | PitchBook

"When it comes to unraveling systemic racial and gender bias in the investment community, this data affirms that we are only at the beginning of a very long and difficult fight," said Melissa Withers, who co-founded RevUp Capital in 2015.

The pandemic has dealt a disproportionate blow to female business owners, with 2020 shaping up to be one of the worst investment years since 2017.

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Rath Building, 95 Franklin St
Buffalo, NY
14202

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The Commission was established by a unanimous vote of the Erie County Legislature in 1987 to remove gender based inequities for women. In 1988, the Commission became a department of Erie County government. The Commission conducts policy studies; analyzes current legislation, programs and trends affecting women; develops collaborative programs with local and regional organizations and public officials; provides educational awareness; and recommends measures to coordinate, consolidate or expand the resources and services available to women in Erie County. Please visit our website at www.erie.gov/csw for a listing of resources available for women at a national level, as well as here in Erie County!

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A very special thank you to Dr. Karen King, Executive Director, Erie County Commissioner on the Status of Women, for honoring this writer during Women's History Month, 2018.
Tamara McMillan speaking to #nacw girls summit!