Jun. 25, 2010

More Women Without Children

Nearly one-in-five American women ends her childbearing years without having borne a child, compared with one-in-ten in the 1970s. While childlessness has risen for all racial and ethnic groups, and most education levels, it has fallen over the past decade for women with advanced degrees.

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

Compared with mothers of newborns in 1990, today’s new moms are older, better educated and less likely to be white. A record 41% of births were to unmarried women; but most continue say this is bad for society.

Oct. 1, 2009

The Harried Life of the Working Mother

A solid majority of Americans (75%) reject the idea that women should return to their traditional roles in society, but many women remain conflicted about the competing roles they play at work and at home.

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 After Palin: Politics, Gender and Parenthood

A new Pew survey, like others before it, found Republicans far more troubled than Democrats by the long term trend toward mothers of young children working outside the home. But these surveys were conducted before Sarah Palin entered the political scene. The especially enthusiatic initial reponse to her vice presidential candidacy contrasts sharply with these findings.

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

At a time when nearly four-in-ten births in this country are to an unmarried mother, the public says unwed parenting is a big problem for society. But Americans are far less inclined now than a generation ago to say children are important to a successful marriage, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

Jun. 13, 2007

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

Most people agree that it is harder to be a father now than it was 20 or 30 years ago, yet the verdict is mixed on how well today’s dads measure up — about half of the public says they’re doing a worse job when compared with fathers a generation ago. But, a majority (56%) of women say today’s dads are handling their fatherly duties as well or better than in the past.

May. 2, 2007

Motherhood Today: Tougher Challenges, Less Success

From managing busy schedules to dealing with outside influences, mothers have their hands full these days – and middle-aged women are their sharpest critics. At the same time, fully 70% of the public says it’s harder to be a mother today than it was 20 or 30 years ago; somewhat fewer (60%) say the same about being a father.