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 or call us at 716-858-8307. Thank you for your support.

Sawrie Becker, Executive Director

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

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

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CE with partners

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What's Happening in Commission on the Status of Women


Today, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz issued the following statement pursuant to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency’s (“ECIDA”) board passage of a Pay Equity Policy to address wage discrimination in companies seeking inducements.

Purchase A Brick or Stone for the Tribute Wall

Purchase a brick or stone today and be a part of the Ribbon Cutting ofthe Tribute Garden on September 26, 2015 

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Phase II of Tribute Garden Completion September 2015

Site Visit with Greenway Fund representative from the Community Foundation, Jean McKeown,Artist Sarah Fonzi and landscape architect Joy Kuebler along with committee Chair Eras Bechakus


County Executive Joins EC Commission on the Status of Women, Partners in Renewing Call to End Pay Discrimination between Genders

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