Research

The Women's Resource of Greater Houston was founded as the Greater Houston Women's Foundation that not only gave philanthropic dollars to women's issues but also commissioned research about women's issues through universities. As the mission of the Greater Houston Women's Foundation changed and the name changed to The Women's Resource of Greater Houston, research was phased out. The last research study commissioned was in 2005 paved the way for the pilot of Project LEAD, now in its 10th year.

Reports
A printed copy of our studies is available upon request and for the cost to mail the report(s). The most recent studies are available for download below. For a PDF listing all of our research, click here.

A Report on the Charitable Giving Patterns of Houston Women (2010)
First study ever completed on the charitable giving patterns of Houston women with goal to better understand interests, motivation for giving, and extent of support for organizations that benefit women and girls.
The Working Partner; University of Houston - Graduate School of Social Work and Futures Studies Program
Download the report.

The Effectiveness of Financial Literacy Courses – A Pilot Study (2005-2006)
Preliminary indicator of the effectiveness of The Women’s Resource financial literacy seminars and recommendations for improvement
Rice University–Jones School of Graduate Management and School of Sociology
Download the entire study (pdf, 98 kb)

The Status of Women and Girls, Greater Houston (2003-2004)
Second Edition study on education, health, violence, work, social welfare and leadership.
University of Houston – Graduate School of Social Work
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A Retrospective Study of the High School Experience of Women Leaders in the Greater Houston Area (2002-2003)
Identifies elements in women’s high school backgrounds that contributed to their current achievements.
University of Houston-Clear Lake

Leadership Skills and Attributes of Houston Women in the 21st Century (2000-2001)
Looks at which skills and attributes Houston area women will need to succeed in leadership positions in the 21st century.
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing

Women’s Health in the Greater Houston Area—A Status Report (1999-2000)
Looks at healthcare, causes of death, chronic illnesses, and perinatal health in conjunction with education and socioeconomic status.
Texas Women’s University

Gap Between Education and Employability (1998-1999)
Preparing females for top 21st century jobs.
University of Houston, Graduate School of Social Work

The Status of Women and Girls in Greater Houston (1997)
Benchmark study on education, health, violence, work, social welfare and leadership.
University of Houston, Graduate School of Social Work

Girls and Gangs: A Focus on Corporate Responsibility (1996)
Survey of middle school girls about gang activities and gang prevention; parallel survey regarding corporate responsibility and innovative corporate community involvement.
Texas Southern University in collaboration with Houston Community College System

Family Friendly Benefits: What’s Happening in Houston (1995)
Another look at childcare and other family friendly benefits three years later.
University of Houston, Graduate School of Social Work

Promoting Partnerships (1994)
The relationship between women-owned companies and big business.
University of Houston, College of Business Administration, Institute for Diversity and Cross Cultural Management

Project Breakthrough (1993)
How companies afford opportunities for women to break the “glass ceiling” into positions of influence within their organization.
University of Houston, College of Business Administration, Institute for Diversity and Cross Cultural Management

Corporate Childcare Benefits: What do Houston Employers Offer? (1992)
Family friendly policies, particularly in area of childcare.
University of Houston, Graduate School of Social Work