Eileen Patten is a Research Analyst at the Pew Research Center. She graduated from the University of Michigan with bachelor’s degrees in English and Sociology with honors. While at the University, she was a research assistant at the Institute for Social Research on the Relationship Dynamics and Social Life (RDSL) study, which primarily investigates the phenomenon of unintended pregnancies among young women. She was also a copy editor and co-copy chief at The Michigan Daily, and has interned in the editorial division of Oxford University Press – New York

Jan 30, 2013

The Sandwich Generation

With an aging population and a generation of young adults struggling to achieve financial independence, the burdens and responsibilities of middle-aged Americans are increasing. Nearly half (47%) of adults in their 40s and 50s have a parent age 65 or older and are either raising a young child or financially supporting a grown child (age […]

Dec 18, 2012

A Bipartisan Nation of Beneficiaries

As President Barack Obama negotiates with Republicans in Congress over federal entitlement spending, a new national survey by the Pew Research Center finds that a majority of Americans (55%) have received government benefits from at least one of the six best-known federal entitlement programs. The survey also finds that most Democrats (60%) and Republicans (52%) […]

Apr 19, 2012

A Gender Reversal On Career Aspirations

In a reversal of traditional gender roles, young women now surpass young men in the importance they place on having a high-paying career or profession.

Dec 22, 2011

Women in the U.S. Military: Growing Share, Distinctive Profile

The women who serve in today’s military differ from the men who serve in a number of ways.