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 Marriage

Our new report uses four decades of U.S. Census data to delve into historic gender role reversals in the spousal characteristics and economic benefits of marriage.

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.

Oct. 1, 2009

The Harried Life of the Working Mother

Women now make up almost half of the U.S. labor force, up from 38% in 1970. The public approves of this trend, but the change has come with a cost for many women — particularly working mothers of young children, who feel the tug of family responsibility much more acutely than do working fathers.

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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.

Jul. 12, 2007

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.

Jun. 13, 2007

Being Dad May Be Tougher These Days, but Working Moms are among Their Biggest Fans

A broad consensus holds that it is harder to be a father now than it was 20 or 30 years ago. But seven-in-ten adults say it’s harder to be a mom today than it was in the past, and only 11% see it as easier.