WBFO Women's News Desk

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Reality Check: 16 women on Buffalo's Common Council since 1832

Nov 5, 2019
Mike Desmond / WBFO News

A record number of women ran for office in 2018, with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leading the way in 2016. The trend has continued for 2020, with a record six candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president. In Buffalo, however, the glass ceiling seems thicker and less penetrable than elsewhere.

National Institutes of Health

October is the month healthcare professionals dedicate to making the rest of us aware of breast cancer and its prevention. Their advice usually emphasizes healthy living habits, regular self-examinations and mammograms and limiting hormone use. However, lesser known is how breastfeeding can reduce a woman's risk of breast cancer.

Becky Harlan / National Public Radio

With New York's death rate for new mothers nearly doubling in very recent years, Albany has convened experts from across the state as the Maternal Mortality Advisory Council to figure out what is going on.


Buffalo Beauts

The Buffalo Beauts hit the road to face off against the Boston Pride for a pair of games this weekend. The Beauts started off the season last Saturday with a win in Connecticut. Victory Press and women’s hockey reporter Melissa Burgess thinks the Beauts are looking good so far with an almost entirely new roster, but may face a tough challenge against Boston. She spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about that, the new arena, the new way the NWHL is broadcasting their games this year and much more.

"A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleading Problem"

It was 2014 when a group of former Buffalo Jills filed a lawsuit seeking compensation against their managers, the Buffalo Bills and the NFL. The Jills have not performed since, but the lawsuit remains active in a battle over fair pay and employment practices.

Friday evening at Buffalo's North Park Theatre, that struggle comes to the big screen in a new film called "A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleading Problem." WBFO's Marian Hetherly talked with the director, Yu Gu, who will be at the showing to answer questions from the audience.

Nick Lippa / WBFO

The Buffalo Beauts open their season in Connecticut this weekend after an offseason that brought many changes. Over 200 women players are boycotting North American hockey this year leading to a mostly new roster and the Beauts are no longer calling Harborcenter their home. But players like Corinne Buie and Sara Bustad are optimistic the team and the brand of professional women’s hockey will continue to grow. They spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa.

Dangerous drinking on the rise, especially among young women

Sep 30, 2019
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Several studies show alcohol-related harms have sharply increased in many high-income countries, including the United States and Canada, and the sharpest rise was seen in young women. Marguerite Gallorini reports on what that means for public health and for the alcohol industry across the border in Ontario.


Governor's Office

New York State has expanded the statute of limitations for second and third-degree rape. The time allowed to report the crime is not unlimited, as with first degree rape, but prevention advocates are hopeful the new legislation will increase reporting rates and, in turn, convictions.

Kyle S. Mackie / WBFO News

It’s going to take 100 years at the current pace to achieve gender equity among the highest executives in the food industry.

Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts, who joined an upstart NPR in 1978 and left an indelible imprint on the growing network with her coverage of Washington politics before later going to ABC News, has died. She was 75.

Roberts died Tuesday because of complications from breast cancer, according to a family statement.

The late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter will be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame on Saturday.

The Hall of Fame calls Slaughter a local and national leader whose work for women and for all Americans continues to shape our lives.

Slaughter was one of the longest-serving female members of the House of Representatives, the first chairwoman of the House Rules Committee, and co-chair and founding member of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus.

Is revenge porn the new normal in dating?

Sep 9, 2019
LA Johnson / NPR

"Charlotte" had nude photographs of herself shared without her knowledge twice. Both times, it was as a senior in high school while dating boyfriends she trusted.

National Women's Hall of Fame

Fashion designer and philanthropist Diane von Furstenberg has been added to this year’s National Women’s Hall of Fame inductees in Seneca Falls.

Governor's Office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo used the occasion of the ticker tape parade for the U.S. women’s soccer team in Manhattan to sign two bills Wednesday that will make it easier for women in New York to receive pay equal to men.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Buffalo has a new city clerk after Tianna Marks was elected Tuesday by Common Council members. Marks is the city's first female African American clerk.

Boy Scouts no longer, all-girl troops form in WNY

Jun 26, 2019
WBFO Photo/Nancy Fischer

The Boys Scouts are no longer just a boys' organization, with the launch of the region's first all-girls troop in Niagara County and a few others across Western New York.

Karen DeWitt

The New York State Senate passed a bill Tuesday to legalize paid gestational surrogacy for couples who are unable to have their own children. But it faces an uncertain future in the Assembly, and opponents range from feminist icon Gloria Steinem to the Catholic Church.


"I Remember Nicole"

It may be hard to believe, but it has been 25 years since the murder of Nicole Simpson, a longtime victim of domestic violence by her husband, Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame running back O.J. Simpson. A music video - with Western New York roots - has been produced as a call-to-action anthem, marking the anniversary.

Navigating gender and race through a mentor

Jun 10, 2019
Say Yes Buffalo

Upon completion of Leadership Buffalo, Dr. Genelle Morris completed a short questionnaire about what she could contribute to a mentor-mentee relationship. It was shortly after that Morris received a list of potential mentees as part of an effort to increase women-to-women mentor partnerships. On that list was the name Stephanie Peete, who was very specific about her requirements for a mentor.

The woman behind the slots at Seneca Gaming

Jun 6, 2019
Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino

Holly Gagnon is one of the few female CEOs in the gaming industry, but the third at Seneca Gaming Corporation. June marks her second anniversary leading four entertainment facilities in Western New York, which boast some 15 million guests per year served by more than 3,600 employees. June also is expected to reveal the completion of a $40 million renovation project that Gagnon said will "change the entire gateway" to Niagara Falls. WBFO's Marian Hetherly sat down with her to talk games of chance.

Nancy Fischer

In her latest non-fiction book, Wearing the Letter P, Grand Island resident Sophie Knab tells the story of her mother and other Polish women who were taken from their homes, their families and their country and sent away to forced labor camps in Nazi Germany during World War II.

evamdoyle.com

Studies indicate that older Americans who have a greater sense of purpose often have a higher quality of life. WBFO’s Sandy White reports on a 73-year-old retiree whose life’s journey continues to enrich others.


A University at Buffalo doctor is pushing for medical professionals to recognize that men and women often don't have the same problems and treatments.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

"Hell no, Roe won't go." That was the chant Tuesday evening in Buffalo's Elmwood Village. Recent legislative actions around the country to place restrictions on abortions prompted the rally to "Stop the Bans."

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

She was there in Thailand as U.S. military personnel participated in a daring rescue watched around the world. She represented the U.S. Government as its spokesperson, providing a voice on behalf of those who worked to save a youth soccer team trapped for days in a flooded cave. Air Force Captain Jessica Tait wraps up a visit to Buffalo Monday, having shared her story and some advice to local students since Friday.

Google Maps

Protocol Restaurant on Transit Road in Amherst is being sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for sexual harassment leading to a hostile workplace.

NWHL

More than 200 women last week said they would boycott the upcoming NWHL season for multiple reasons including a lack of resources. Now, Pegula Sports and Entertainment says it will no longer operate the Buffalo Beauts moving forward. WBFO's Nick Lippa spoke to NWHL and Victory Press writer Melissa Burgess about what's next for the league.

Suneel's Light Foundation

Suneel Ram, 22, is near death. For 20 years, the Canisius College junior has been living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. You may not have heard of Duchenne, but the genetic mutation is always fatal and usually takes young men by their mid-20s. That is what drives a sense of urgency behind a new local project aimed at finding a cure.


Chris Caya WBFO News

Habitat for Humanity Buffalo is busy hosting its third annual Women Build Week. This year's project list includes renovating one older house and constructing two new homes. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports dozens of women are volunteering their time and their talent. 

NWHL

Hundreds of the world's best women hockey players have said they will not compete in North America this upcoming year until they "get the resources that professional hockey demands and deserves." This could threaten not only the upcoming Buffalo Beauts season, but the NWHL itself.

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