Students from Holland High School, Nardin Academy and Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart journey to Washington Friday to take part in this year's National Rocketry Challenge, sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association.

And not only are area schools sending a record number of competitors this year, but this year all  the participants from the Buffalo-area are young women.

WBFO News photo from WNY Women's Foudnation report

The WNY Women's Foundation has released a new report on the barriers girls and women face. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the report features stories from women both young and old. 

National Women's Hall of Fame inducts 10

Sep 17, 2017
National Women's Hall of Fame

The National Women's Hall of Fame inducted 10 women Saturday, celebrating their pioneering efforts in areas that include medicine, entertainment, the military and politics. There was also a luncheon and ceremony to celebrate 100 years since suffragists gained the right to vote in New York.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The Buffalo Common Council is again looking at a gender equality law for the city and city government, with a crowded public hearing Tuesday night in the Council Chambers.

WBFO's Nick Lippa

WNY STEM is looking to bridge the gender gap in the computer science field. It's why for a second straight year, they are holding The Girls Coding Project in collaboration with AT&T, Girl Scouts of WNY, and SUNY Buffalo State.

Women have been breaking all sorts of glass ceilings recently.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo remains committed to giving women and minority-owned businesses their chance to earn billions of dollars in state contracts. That was a message shared in Western New York Wednesday morning by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who took part in a roundtable discussion at the Amherst Chamber of Commerce.

Photo from Erie County Commission on the Status of Women Website

The entire month of March is devoted to Women's History.  Locally, the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women is holding its 5th year of events to celebrate women of the past, present and future.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley sat down the leader of the organization -- commissioner Sawrie Becker to discuss the fight for equal pay and generate awareness to stop human trafficking.

International organization empowers women to code

Jun 19, 2013
Ashley Hassett / WBFO News

An international non-profit organization Girl Develop It or GDI works to help empower women through technology particularly by training them to write their own software. WBFO’s Ashley Hassett recently spent time with a couple of upstate women coders.