Aurora’s Research

In 2014 the Aurora Foundation commissioned the Aurora Report, the first report of its kind offering groundbreaking research on the status of women and girls in Greater Hartford. Aurora’s research highlights the critical issues facing women and girls in the region.  The findings indicate that while many women in our region are thriving, just as many are unable to achieve stability and wellbeing for themselves and their families.

In 2018, updated research was released focusing on Philanthropy, Economic Security, Education, College Success and Leadership.


Did you know?

College Success
  • Only 22% of women in Hartford County have a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • In Greater Hartford a high school graduate earns an average of $29,290 while a college graduate earns an average of $50,380.
  • Only 27% of executives at Fortune 500 companies in Hartford County are female.
  • In 2018, 11 new female representatives were voted into Connecticut office and women currently represent 33% of the state legislature.
  • 5% of women in Hartford County do not have a high school diploma.
  • Black and Hispanic girls are suspended or expelled at 3 to 5 times the rate of their White counterparts.
  • Only 5-7% of all foundation funding nationally is directed to women and girls.
  • Women donate more than men at every income level by nearly 2 to 1. 50% of single women give to charity compared to 36% of single men.
Economic Security
  • 55,552 women and girls in Hartford County live at or below the poverty line.
  • Latina women in Hartford County earn 49 cents for every dollar earned by a white man. Closing the gender wage gap would cut the poverty rate in half for working women and their families.

Please use our data!

Know the issues, know the facts and use them to make your own case for the conditions and means that will unlock the potential of our women, families and communities.

Complete research snapshots are available below.

Our work is made possible through partnership with CWEALF (Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund) and with funding from the Richard P. Garmany Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving in memory of Lydia Garmany.