Women, Work and Motherhood
A sampler of recent Pew Research survey findings.
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.
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.
Public Has Split Verdict on Increased Level of Unmarried Motherhood
There is a stronger consensus in public opinion about the social cost of out-of-wedlock births than there is about the morality of these births.
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?
Fewer Mothers Prefer Full-time Work
In the span of the past decade, full-time work outside the home has lost some of its appeal to mothers. This trend holds for both those who have such jobs and those who don’t.
Motherhood Today: Tougher Challenges, Less Success
There is broad agreement among the public that it is harder to be a parent today – especially a mother – than it was in the 1970s or 1980s.