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The New York State Legislature voted Tuesday to codify the abortion rights in the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade into New York law. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure immediately after the vote.

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Iranians are keeping an eye on the #MeToo movement. Activists fighting sexual harassment say a Farsi version of the hashtag #MeToo can be found on social media, but because of government censorship, it is far from widespread.

"Women Empowered: Fashions From the Frontline," is an exhibit at Cornell University chronicling the ways women have used fashion throughout history to collectively uplift themselves.

Denise Green is a faculty member in the fiber science and apparel design department in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. She says the "Women Empowered" exhibit is the result of a semester’s worth of work between her and a group of students.

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The New York State legislature is poised to approve a bill to codify the abortion rights in the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v Wade into state law. For supporters, including the majority of Senators and Assemblymembers, it’s been a long time coming. For opponents, it’s a bitter disappointment.

Women represent fastest-growing demographic of hunters

Jan 21, 2019
Nancy Fischer

More and more women in New York are picking up rifles for the first time, joining a growing population of female hunters.


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On Friday, as they have for decades, anti-abortion rights activists marched through Washington, D.C., to the U.S. Supreme Court – a location that symbolizes the long-held goal of reversing the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized the procedure nationwide in 1973.

But this year's rally comes at a moment when many anti-abortion activists are feeling more hopeful about that goal, on the heels of the confirmation and swearing-in of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

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Western New Yorkers are among those in Washington, D.C. who have traveled there to participate in the March For Life, which is held every year on or around the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion. Those attending from Western New York who identify themselves as "pro-life" say there is much more to that term than the abortion issue and they include that in their message.


The New York State Legislature has announced it will hold hearings on Feb. 13 about sexual harassment in state government.

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Acknowledging they will be up against some harsh elements Sunday afternoon, participants in the third annual Women's March Buffalo/WNY vow to again share messages of unity and struggle, celebrating accomplishments such as more seats in elected offices but also pointing out the disparities they still face.

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It was a solemn Saturday evening as the congregation at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Cheektowaga observed the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.

Need another reason to get the flu shot if you're pregnant?

A study out this week shows that pregnant women with the flu who are hospitalized in an intensive care unit are four times more likely to deliver babies prematurely and four and a half times more likely to have a baby of low birth weight.

A transgender woman says she was sexually assaulted in a North Carolina bathroom last month, according to police records.

Jessica Fowler, 31, and Amber Harrell, 38, have both been charged with sexual battery and second-degree kidnapping in connection with the alleged incident on Dec. 9 at a bar in downtown Raleigh.

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The New York state legislative session began with ceremonies and excitement as Democrats claimed their solid majority in the state Senate and made history with the election of a new female leader.


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The Cuomo Administration and state democratic lawmakers are calling for passage of the Reproductive Health Act. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is joining the effort as they seek passage in the first 30-days of the state legislative session.


Senior citizens working into their twilight years

Jan 4, 2019

About 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 every day. Many of them decide not to retire and some continue to work well into their 80s.


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A sexual assault survivors’ bill of rights will be implemented this upcoming year in New York State. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation last week.

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The Cuomo Administration is touting one of the most progressive agendas in New York State history, 2019 Justice Agenda.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul were sworn-in for a third term Tuesday night in New York City.  WBFO senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to Hochul about several topics including passing the Child Victims Act, legalizing recreational marijuana and a gun safety measure as a new senate democratic majority takes over when the legislature returns to work January 9 in Albany.   

Constellation Brands

Constellation Brands says its venture capital group, Constellation Brands Ventures, will invest $100 million in female-founded or female-led businesses by 2028 through a new program called Focus on Female Founders.

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A brand new addiction treatment center has opened in Niagara County.  Horizon Health Services held a ribbon cutting Thursday for Aurora Village Campus in Sanborn. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the new facility is just for women.  

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Niagara County District Attorney Caroline Wojtaszek has specialized in prosecuting domestic violence cases throughout most of her career, but few people know she has had her own #MeToo moment.

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The Immaculata Shelter in Lockport is beginning its second year of operation. This unique shelter gives women a place to go after they have left prison or addiction treatment centers.

Moms making their own path to graduation at NCCC

Oct 23, 2018
Niagara County Community College

Going to college as single parent can be daunting task. With that in mind, Niagara County Community College is offering “Mapping Opportunities for Single Parents,” a program designed to guide moms down the path to graduation.

New play deals with complex life issues

Oct 12, 2018
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Several African-American women will be appearing Friday evening in a special performance on stage at the University at Buffalo's Lippes Concert Hall on the north campus in Amherst.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with the author and producer Latricia Davis who created this original play called "This Is My Story".   

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Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director JoAnn Falletta had an interesting experience. Falletta appears as one of six inspiring women for the Macy's fall ad campaign. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to Falletta about how the advertisement is design to empower women.

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A new study from the University at Buffalo shows that walking more can significantly lower the risk of heart failure in older women. UB Research Associate Professor of Epidemiology and lead author of the study Michael LaMonte said they now have scientific evidence physical activity benefits two heart failure subtypes.

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It’s been a long journey for Pausa Art House co-owner Lazara Martinez who grew up in Cuba before coming to America. Now, her live music venue has become a hot spot for touring musicians. This weekend, Grammy nominated jazz artist Jane Bunnett will be performing with her all-women Cuban group Maqueque.

A new mashup of 47 studies of diabetes and cancer covering more than 19 million patients finds a seriously higher risk of developing cancer among diabetics, especially type 2 diabetics. It also finds diabetic women are much more likely to develop cancer than diabetic men.

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Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was in Buffalo Monday pushing for the Reproductive Health Act to be passed in Albany.

Erie County Commission on the Status of Women

Even though there are slightly more women than men, in Erie County, a new report shows most elected offices are held by men.

Francesca Bond

Buffalo boasts 106 public statues and only two are women. Two trailblazing women will soon become numbers three and four.

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