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.

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.

Mar. 19, 2009

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.

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?

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.

Jul. 1, 2007

As Marriage and Parenthood Drift Apart, Public Is Concerned about Social Impact

Americans believe that births to unwed women are a big problem for society, and they take a mixed view at best of cohabitation without marriage.

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.

May. 2, 2007

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.

Feb. 28, 2006

Who’s Feeling Rushed?

Overall, about a quarter of all adults in this country say they always feel rushed, while a majority of Americans sometimes feel rushed and about a quarter almost never feel rushed.