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Pathways to Progress is a groundbreaking study and the first step in making a meaningful measurable difference in the lives of women and girls in Western New York. Sustained improvement in these lives will dramatically benefit our entire community. This initiative has been an 18-month journey that has been supported and guided by hundreds of strong, intelligent, committed partners. We welcome the wider community’s active interest and participation. In Western New York the inequities in wealth, health, safety, education and leadership are clearly shown. It is now time to close the gap because the status quo is unacceptable. Women are the key to families, and strong families build a thriving community. Through the Pathways to Progress initiative, we have heard and seen the sheer determination of our community citizens, our leaders and funders to improve the status of women and girls.