In the typical American marriage, it’s the woman who wears the pantsuit. But in politics and business, men still have the advantage. A series of survey-based reports explore gender roles in the home, politics and the workplace.

Jun. 11, 2010

The Typical Modern Mother: There Isn’t One

Today’s mothers of newborns are more likely than their counterparts two decades earlier to be ages 35 and older, to have some college education, to be unmarried or to be nonwhite — but not all at once.

May. 6, 2010

The New Demography of American Motherhood

Today’s mothers of newborns are older and better educated than their counterparts in 1990, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from the National Center for Health Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau. They are less likely to be white and less likely to be married.

Jan. 19, 2010

Women, Men and the New Economics of Marriage

In the past, when relatively few wives worked, marriage enhanced the economic status of women more than that of men. Recently, however, the economic gains associated with marriage have been greater for men.

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Sep. 25, 2008

Couples Quiz

Answer four questions about who makes the decisions in your house, and determine how your relationship stacks up against others who responded to a national survey.

Sep. 25, 2008

Women Call the Shots at Home; Public Mixed on Gender Roles in Jobs

A new survey finds that in 43% of all couples it’s the woman who makes decisions in more areas than the man. By contrast, men make more of the decisions in only about a quarter of all couples.

Sep. 15, 2008

Revisiting the Mommy Wars

Who makes better candidates — moms or dads? And more broadly, what impact do both the gender and parenting status of candidates have on their chances to win an election?

Aug. 25, 2008

Men or Women: Who’s the Better Leader?

When it comes to honesty, intelligence and a handful of other character traits they value highly in leaders, the public rates women superior to men.