Fact Tank Dec. 11, 2013

How Pew Research measured the gender pay gap

Women earned 84 cents for every $1 made by men in 2012, according to a Pew Research report. But in October, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that women earned 81 cents to the dollar. The difference is not large, but what gives?

Nov. 15, 2013

Will the end of China’s one-child policy shift its boy-girl ratio?

While son preference remains a strong cultural norm in China, it will be interesting to see if the loosening of the one-child policy will lead to an increasing share of baby girls in the country.

Sep. 24, 2013

The odds that you will give birth to a boy or girl depend on where in the world you live

Research over hundreds of years has consistently found that boys naturally outnumber girls at birth. The speculation is that this is nature’s way of countering the relatively high mortality rates of males, and creating more of a gender balance in the population.  While historically, there have been about 105 boys born for every 100 girls […]

Fact Tank Sep. 12, 2013

It’s a woman’s (social media) world

The average gap between the proportion of men and women who use social media

Fact Tank Sep. 3, 2013

The disappearing male worker

Are men losing interest in work? Male labor force participation rates in the United States have been in steady decline since at least 1950 while women’s labor market participation steadily rose before leveling off about a decade ago. Two recent analyses of U.S. Census data document this trend and offer some unexpected reasons why this […]

Fact Tank Aug. 5, 2013

Even in white collar crime, female crooks face a glass ceiling

A study finds that female white-collar crooks face the same glass ceiling as their law-abiding peers in the corporate world: they typically hold inferior positions to men, rarely are in charge and make significantly less money for their dirty deeds than their male accomplices.

Fact Tank Jul. 25, 2013

Big gender gap in global public opinion about use of drones

A global Pew Research Center survey finds a large gender gap in attitudes about U.S. government use of drones to target terrorists.

Fact Tank Jul. 1, 2013

Men, for the most part, still run newsrooms

In August, Deborah Turness will become the first woman to head a network news division as she takes the reins as president of NBC News. Nine years ago, she made history in precisely the same way in Great Britain, as she headed ITV News, a BBC rival. But industry data show that men continue to […]

Fact Tank Jun. 27, 2013

Why boys with sisters are more likely to be Republicans

Interesting things happen when little boys grow up with sisters: They are less likely to help mom with housekeeping chores—and they’re more likely to grow up to be Republicans, according to a new paper published in the latest issue of the Journal of Politics (doc). Young men who were raised with sisters also are more likely […]

Jun. 13, 2013

LGBT Americans

A new nationally-representative survey of 1,197 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults finds that the overwhelming share say society has become more accepting of them in the past decade, but about half say there is still a lot of discrimination.