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Connecting Women With Resources



Welcome to the web site for the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women. The Erie County CSW works to assure that the women of Erie County have full participation on the issues that have an impact on their lives.

Our goal is to connect women with the resources they need to reach their full potential. On this website you will find access to support resources available to women throughout Erie County. Check the site often for updates, information and all upcoming events.

We invite you to become actively involved with ECCSW! If you want your voice to be heard and your concerns addressed, please send us an email at csw@erie.gov or call us at 716-858-8307. Thank you for your support.

Sawrie Becker, Executive Director                                   

Contact Us

Rath Building                                                             
95 Franklin St., Suite 624
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 858-8307
Fax: (716) 858-8311

Facts About Women in Erie County

  • Women comprise 52% of Erie County's total population, 48.7 percent of its labor force, 61% of senior citizens, and 54 percent of the county’s registered voters.
  • As of 2002, 27.1 % of small businesses in Erie County were women–owned.
  • Median weekly earnings for women working full-time is $638.00 vs. $798.00 for men
  • 29.9% of families in Buffalo live in poverty with over 63% of families having women as head of household.
  • Approx. 1,000 children are born each year to mothers without a high school diploma.
  • 25% of women in Erie County do not receive prenatal care and this number is increasing
  • 5.4% of pregnancies are to teenage mothers in Western New York.
  • In Erie County in 2008, more than 7,100 incidents of domestic violence were reported to law enforcement.
  • Of the 100,000 veterans returning from service in Erie County, approx 3,000 of them are women
  • Of the returning women veterans, 40% have mental health issues including depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Military Sexual Trauma

Be sure to check out and visit the beautiful Tribute Garde!

CE at kick of


CE with partners


Royal Pitches



Raffle before walk 


Current Initiatives

Go Violet to End Violence in Erie County

Erie County Employees showing support for domestic violence awareness


Click here to learn more about "Shining a Light on Domestic Violence" in New York


Tribute Garden Groundbreaking September 15, 2014

Groundbreaking for the Tribute Garden, a permanent, living memorial to lives impacted by domestic violence, is held at Isle View Park, Tonawanda, NY

Buffalo News Article:  Planting Seeds of Awareness


Purchase A Brick or Stone for the Tribute Wall

Purchase a brick or stone to support the Tribute Wall and Help our Garden Grow!

Connecting with Events


Preparing for the Tribute Garden Groundbreaking






Connecting with CSW

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