WBFO Women's News Desk

The WBFO Women's News Desk is funded by the Catholic Health System

Erie County Department of Social Services

The New York State Child Care Availability Task Force was established 18 months ago to dive into what officials call the child care "crisis" afflicting the state. After just a couple of months of pandemic, however, words like "devastation" and "decimation" are being used. Here are their interim findings and recommendations.

Allegra

Many business owners are relieved to be talking about reopening, after two months of PAUSE due to the coronavirus pandemic. When the doors are unlocked again, entrepreneurs will have to safeguard public safety as well as their bottom line -- and that "new normal" could be especially costly to small businesses, many of which are women-owned. But there is help.

The NWHL saw hundreds of players sit out this past year due to concerns the women’s hockey league was not providing enough resources. A new report from Victory Press reveals several players who say their basic needs as workers were not being met during the 2018-19 season.


Catholic Health

The latest research shows a growing shortage of obstetricians and gynecologists, and the potential "crisis" this poses for women's health care. The shortage is so critical locally, Buffalo ranks No. 6 among U.S. metropolitan areas.

Durham Baby Cafe

The COVID-19 Maternity Task Force has issued its recommendations to support pregnant mothers and their newborns during the pandemic. Secretary to Andrew Cuomo, Melissa DeRosa, said the governor has accepted the recommendations in full.

What to expect when you're expecting during COVID-19

Apr 29, 2020
Catholic Health

Catholic Health is reassuring moms-to-be that the hospital is the safest place to deliver their child in this era of COVID-19.

Kyle S. Mackie/WBFO News

Most of the streets in Buffalo are named after prominent men. But what’s the story behind the ones named for women? For Women’s History Month, WBFO’s Kyle Mackie consulted an expert who’s been researching Buffalo street names for almost a decade.


Girl Power Part 4: Buffalo Public Schools' Cecelie Owens

Mar 23, 2020
Marian Hetherly / WBFO News

Despite the advancements delivered by Title IX legislation over the last 50 years, girls still participate in sports less than boys, and the disparity widens with the pressures of adulthood. Why does it matter? Because kids who compete do better in school, at work and throughout life. So WBFO's Marian Hetherly took a look at leveling the playing field in a series she's calling "Girl Power."

Raising NY

The Western New York Women's Foundation says the COVID-19 pandemic is especially disrupting the lives of women, and "bringing to the forefront the gender inequalities that impact women's lives every day." The Foundation and other advocacy groups have issued a call to Governor Cuomo and other state leaders to recognize these inequalities, as they decide issues like paid sick leave and accessible childcare. WBFO's Marian Hetherly talked about this with Corey Fabian-Barrett, Director of External Affairs for the Western New York Women's Foundation.
 


Girl Power Part 3: Mary Wilson, The Game Changer

Mar 16, 2020
WNED

Despite the advancements delivered by Title IX legislation over the last 50 years, girls still participate in sports less than boys, and the disparity widens with the pressures of adulthood. Why does it matter? Because kids who compete do better in school, at work and throughout life. So WBFO's Marian Hetherly took a look at leveling the playing field in a series she's calling "Girl Power."

Girl Power Part 2: Reality Check

Mar 9, 2020
Dr. Stacey Schroeder-Watt

Despite the advancements delivered by Title IX legislation over the last 50 years, girls still participate in sports less than boys, and the disparity widens with the pressures of adulthood. Why does it matter? Because kids who compete do better in school, at work and throughout life. So WBFO's Marian Hetherly took a look at leveling the playing field in a series she's calling "Girl Power."

Buffalo Beauts

There’s meaningful playoff hockey being played in Buffalo this Friday night. The NWHL playoffs are starting and Buffalo Beauts take on the Connecticut Whale at Northtown Center in Amherst at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow night. Victory Press and women’s hockey reporter Melissa Burgess spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about what the Beauts need to do to win this winner take all play-in game.

Office of the Lt. Governor

New York kicked off Women’s History Month at a special event in Albany. Each March, it honors the leadership of women who pave the way for others. However, this year is particularly special because it also commemorates the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage in the United States.

Girl Power Part 1: Battle of the Sexes

Mar 2, 2020
Makers: Women Who Make America / PBS

Despite the advancements delivered by Title IX legislation over the last 50 years, girls still participate in sports less than boys and the disparity widens with the pressures of adulthood. Why does it matter? Because kids who compete do better in school, at work and throughout life. So WBFO's Marian Hetherly took a look at leveling the playing field in a series she is calling "Girl Power."

The playoff brackets are set for the Buffalo Beauts and the NWHL, but there’s still one more weekend of games left to play. With the Beauts still struggling, this weekend’s games against the Metropolitan Riveters could serve as preparation for a playoff surge. Victory Press and women’s hockey reporter Melissa Burgess spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about how the Beauts can improve and the year in review for the NWHL.

Trailblazing Women

There is a memorial on the waterfront for Flight 3407 victim Alison des Forges, perhaps the only public monument to a woman other than in a local cemetery. A local group plans to change that and has three candidates for new statues of women.

A Buffalo dairy cooperative has agreed to pay $1.35 million dollars to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit.

Buffalo Beauts

The Buffalo Beauts struggles continue. After a long break, they will be back in action next weekend on the road against the Metropolitan Riveters. In the meantime, many players continue to boycott the NWHL and are working to develop the game of women's hockey as part of the Professional Women's Hockey Players' Association. Victory Press and women’s hockey reporter Melissa Burgess spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about the current status of both organizations, recent media coverage of women's hockey and the impact its had on viewers, plus the upcoming NWHL All-Star Game and what the Beauts need to do to avoid a play-in game.

WBFO Photo/Nancy Fischer Painting: Craig Thomas

A vivid picture comes to mind when we hear the phrase “Women’s Movement,” but the protests of today in Washington, D.C. had their roots in the women’s suffrage movement, a protest that lasted for decades and resulted in the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote 100 years ago.


David Duprey / AP

Efforts are underway to create an online database with an interactive map of suffragists’ gravesites across New York State.

Brianna Robinson / WNY Women's March

Despite the bitter winds, low temperature and snow, several hundred people turned out Sunday on the steps of Buffalo City Hall for the 2020 Western New York Women's March.

Vaughn Golden / WRVO News

About 2,000 people braved bitterly cold temperatures and snow for a rally and march in Seneca Falls on Saturday. The event was part of three days of activities designed to “inspire all Americans to take an active role in democracy," encourage eligible voters to get out the vote and honor the legacy of women in leadership.

Thinking of running for elected office?

Jan 10, 2020
Mike Desmond / WBFO News

So you're thinking of running for office. Perhaps you don't like the policies of your current representative—or a position just opened up because of a retirement, scandal or election result. Where do you start? The Masten Resource Center is one place. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, a nationally renowned political "campaign fixer" will be in Buffalo to share her experience.

Buffalo Beauts

The Buffalo Beauts are heading in to the last third of their season on a losing streak. After a couple of tough losses to the undefeated Boston Pride, Victory Press and women’s hockey reporter Melissa Burgess spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about what needs to change for the Beauts to turn things around, Taylor Accursi's scoring touch, Jordan Juron's choice to come over to the NWHL, upcoming PWHPA events and more.

Nancy Fischer

At Riverworks in Buffalo, more than 100 women and girls ages 10 and up are part of a resurgence of the sport of roller derby. Last year, the Queen City Roller Girls junior team qualified for the national championships in Colorado.

Kelsey Novits

Kelsey Novits is the creator, producer and host of "Womankind," a locally produced podcast pursuing an answer to the question: What does it mean to be a woman in today’s world? After 60 episodes, Novits told WBFO's Marian Hetherly the answer is "complicated," but that only makes her want to pursue this question more.


Lynne Sladky / AP

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is out with its latest figures on women's earnings in New York State and the news is nothing to shout about.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

A prominent New York Republican said her party can hold the congressional seat vacated by Chris Collins, part of his felony guilty plea to insider trading.

Buffalo Beauts

The Buffalo Beauts have won their past two games with an exciting comeback win against the Minnesota Whitecaps and convincing victory over the Connecticut Whale. The Beauts are off this weekend and currently hold second place in the NWHL, but will that last? Victory Press and NWHL reporter Melissa Burgess spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about that and the yet to be announced upcoming NWHL all-star game.

Celebrating 40 years in medicine with a new challenge

Dec 10, 2019
Catholic Medical Partners

What is it like to be a leader with every major health organization in Buffalo? A person to ask would be Dr. Margaret Paroski. A neurologist by training, Paroski started at the VA Medical Center, followed by the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Kaleida Health and Erie County Medical Center, all while serving as a faculty member at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine. As she celebrates 40 years in medicine, Paroski has taken on a new challenge: Chief Medical Officer for Catholic Health Partners.

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