Apr. 8, 2014

On Equal Pay Day, key facts about the gender pay gap

Today marks “Equal Pay Day,” the date that symbolizes how far into the new year the average American woman would have to work to earn what the average American man did in the previous year. With a new executive order issued today, President Obama and Democrats are hoping to peg the gender wage gap as a major […]

Fact Tank Mar. 6, 2014

Women’s college enrollment gains leave men behind

Even though college enrollment rates among young people have risen in recent decades, a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data shows that females outpace males in college enrollment, especially among Hispanics and blacks.

Fact Tank Jan. 14, 2014

Q&A with author of U. Mich. study on preferred dress for women in Muslim countries

University of Michigan researcher Mansoor Moaddel explains the methods behind the survey and how the findings differ (or don’t) by gender, religion, age and education.

Jan. 9, 2014

Bosses More Satisfied than Workers

America’s bosses are more satisfied with their family life, jobs and overall financial situation than are non-managerial employees. Bosses are also significantly more likely than workers to think of their job as a career rather than just a job to get them by.

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Jan. 9, 2014

Why Is the Pay Gap Shrinking?

The hourly pay gap between women and men has narrowed to 16 cents today, compared with 36 cents in 1980. But progress has slowed in recent years and even reversed for many women over the course of their careers.

Fact Tank Jan. 8, 2014

How people in Muslim countries prefer women to dress in public

Even as publics in many of the surveyed Muslim-majority countries express a clear preference for women to dress conservatively, many also say women should be able to decide for themselves what to wear.

Dec. 20, 2013

The link between parental leave and the gender pay gap

It turns out that countries that offer more liberal parental leave policies tend to have higher wage gaps among men and women ages 30-34, according to analyses by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Dec. 16, 2013

Who men and women prefer as their co-workers

Most Americans say it doesn’t matter if their co-workers are men or women. But for those with a preference, men say they would rather work with men—and women say the same.

Dec. 12, 2013

Among 38 nations, U.S. is the outlier when it comes to paid parental leave

Estonia offers about two years of paid leave for new mothers, and Hungary and Lithuania offer one-and-a-half years or more. What about the U.S.?

Dec. 11, 2013

Who’s the boss? In U.S. business, it’s mostly men

Fewer than 5% of Fortune 1000 companies have women CEOs, and only 10% of women nationally say they’re a boss or top manager. Women are consistently less likely than men to say they want to be a boss someday.