WBFO Women's News Desk

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

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.

WINC Buffalo

Why does Western New York need another women's business group? That was the question WBFO posed to Chris Belin, co-founder and vice president of WINC Buffalo, or Women Inspired by Networking and Collaboration. The group's motto is "Strong women look a challenge in the eye and give it a wink!"

Nick Lippa / WBFO News

The NWHL’s second place team, the Buffalo Beauts, had mixed results this past weekend winning a game against Connecticut and losing one to the still undefeated Boston Pride. It was their first action in nearly a month. This upcoming weekend they face the league’s third place team, the Minnesota Whitecaps, for two games. WBFO’s Nick Lippa spoke with forward-defense Ashley Birdsall and goaltender Tiffany Tsu about how the season is going and discussed their incredible journeys to play professional hockey.

Buffalo Women's Consortium

"At times I feel like women rock and at times I feel deflated. If I didn't feel that way, I don't think I would have been interested in starting the consortium." That is Holly Metz Doyle of 4 Dog Design, who with Jennifer Stockman of Jen Stockman Designs, spontaneously co-founded the Buffalo Women's Consortium this summer.

Buffalo Beauts

The Buffalo Beauts are back on the road this weekend to face off against the undefeated Boston Pride Saturday before a quick turnaround for an early Sunday game in Connecticut. Victory Press and women’s hockey reporter Melissa Burgess spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about what to watch for and how the Beauts home opener turnout was at their new home ice in Amherst. Also, Burgess shares her thoughts on the NWHL's presentation on Twitch, Olympic gold medalist Hilary Knight's comments referring to the NWHL as a "glorified beer league" and more.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Funding has been provided to bring a program crafted specifically for women veterans to Buffalo. State Assemblymember Monica Wallace appeared Wednesday at the Veterans One-Stop Center of Western New York to announce a grant has been secured to offer the Women's Veterans Network, or WoVeN, to the local community.

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.

imvf.syracuse.edu

Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families program is bringing a three-day workshop to Buffalo, which begins today, that develops and encourages women veterans and wives of veterans as small business entrepreneurs.

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.

Roswell Park
Kyle S. Mackie/WBFO News

It’s the time of year when we start to see a lot of pink: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Dangerous drinking on the rise, especially among young women

Sep 30, 2019
Pixabay

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.

Niagara University

Western New York Girls in Sports Day is coming to Niagara County. The first will be held Saturday.

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.

Kyle S. Mackie/WBFO News

An estimated 100 people representing dozens of churches gathered Tuesday at Mt. Olive Baptist Church on Buffalo’s East Side to proclaim their opposition to abortion.


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.

University at Buffalo

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg concluded a visit to Buffalo with a talk to an overflow crowd at Kleinhans Music Hall Monday night.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been a key figure in several major cases and landmark decisions. But on Monday, she made local history by becoming the first member of the nation's highest court to receive an honorary degree from the University at Buffalo. Her appearance and remarks were just the first of two scheduled stops.

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.

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