July 21, 2007

Changed Views of Women’s Roles

75%

That’s the percentage of U.S. adults who now reject the idea that women should return to their “traditional roles,” up from 66% in 1987. The percentage completely disagreeing has increased more dramatically — from 29% in 1987 to 51% currently.

Three-in-four American adults (75%) now reject the idea that women should return to their “traditional roles,” up from 66% in 1987; the percentage completely disagreeing has increased even more dramatically — from 29% in 1987 to 51% in the latest Pew Values survey. As with attitudes about sexuality, opinions about the role of women have shifted among most demographic and political groups in the population. For example, women are somewhat more intense than men in rejecting this statement (55% completely disagree, vs. 47% for men), although the shift has been comparable among men and women since 1987. Read More