WBFO Women's News Desk

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Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Counting the transgender population is tricky, as many avoid revealing their sexual orientation for fear of discrimination or worse. Transgender women of color, for example, remain the most abused and murdered group in America. So it takes a special kind of courage and compassion to dedicate your adult trans life to helping others on the same journey.

Courtesy of Paulette Bailey / U.S. Senate

On this first day of October, WBFO concludes its series "The Toll." For the last two months, we've been telling the personal stories of Western New Yorkers who've survived COVID-19 and those who haven't.

But as WBFO's Marian Hetherly reports, another group of people has since emerged that medical experts are just beginning to understand. This group may forecast just how great a toll the coronavirus ultimately takes on our society.

Marian Hetherly / WBFO News

As October approaches, stories about domestic violence will be plentiful in the news. National Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a time to talk about, and take action against, the crime that affects 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States. But along the Niagara River in the Town of Tonawanda is a living remembrance available every day.

Janine is one of thousands of local activists who took to the streets in the days following the release of a video of Daniel Prude suffocating while being restrained by Rochester police.

NOW New York

Buffalo is a city with no women representatives on the Common Council, its law and policymaking body. That brought a laugh of disbelief from the head of New York State's National Organization for Women. She said it means the Queen City is prime for a NOW chapter of its own.


Kyle S. Mackie / WBFO News

New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is pushing for more help for child care, as resources for parents dwindle during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an interview for public radio and television, WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt spoke to Hochul, who said the child care crisis existed before the virus struck and has affected her personally.

WBFO/Michael Mroziak

Dozens of state lawmakers were out across New York State Thursday, calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to release approximately $80 million in remaining federal relief for childcare centers.

The em-power of music in the Women's Suffrage Movement

Aug 26, 2020
Mary Brennan Taylor / Kenan Center

Music isn't just easy on the ears, it has been used as a rallying cry by political and social movements for centuries. As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of a woman's right to vote being signed into law today, WBFO took a look at the em-powerful role music played in the Suffrage Movement.

NWHL

Will the NWHL be playing hockey in 2021? That's the current plan. Victory Press and women’s hockey reporter Melissa Burgess spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about the what the league is doing now as the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S continues.


Center for Hope

While most businesses are worried about surviving the COVID-19 pandemic, attorney, social worker and Buffalo School Board member Hope Jay has started a new business helping survivors of abusive relationships. But not just any abuse, "narcissistic abuse."

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

With Washington debating what may be the final COVID-19 stimulus bill, child care advocates in New York are making a major push for $50 billion so parents can go back to work.

Policing Women Part 2: When Black women are criminalized

Jul 21, 2020
Ruweyda Ahmed Salim / Facebook

While much of the national conversation about police reform has focused on race, gender also affects policing. Combine race and gender and you will find that women -- particularly Black women -- are being stopped by police much more often than two decades ago, and those stops are becoming much more troubling.

Becky Sullivan / NPR

While much of the national conversation about police reform has focused on race, gender also affects policing. Combine race and gender and you will find that women -- particularly Black women -- are being stopped by police much more often than two decades ago, and those stops are becoming much more troubling.

Steven Hirsch / Associated Press

New York State's attorney general and lawyers in a class-action lawsuit say Harvey Weinstein and his former studio's board have reached a nearly $19 million settlement with dozens of sexual misconduct accusers.

Why women may fair better with COVID-19

Jun 29, 2020

At least since the time of Shakespeare, men have used the phrase “the fair (or fairer) sex” to refer to women. This is greatly ironic, given that men have been all too willing to treat women unfairly from ancient times to the present. Women are also sometimes characterized – by men, of course – as being the more delicate or weaker sex. But the truth is that women are stronger than men when it comes to fighting off diseases like COVID-19. Additionally, females of all mammal species are better at coping with stress than their male counterparts.

Island Kids Childcare Center

Island Kids Childcare Center closed its south location on Grand Island March 21 after 255 of its 285 children – nearly a 90% – started staying home with their parents. This decrease came as New York State went on PAUSE amid the coronavirus pandemic.

ZOOM press conference still

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday called on Congress to include a proposal for a $50 billion fund in the next coronavirus relief package in an effort to combat an “unprecedented day care crisis.”

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.

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