Fact TankMay 9, 2014

5 questions (and answers) about American moms today

Today’s American mothers look far different from the mothers celebrated 100 years ago.

Fact TankMay 7, 2014

Opting out? About 10% of highly educated moms are staying at home

Among mothers with professional degrees, such as medical degrees, law degrees or nursing degrees, 11% are out of the workforce in order to care for their families, as are 9% of Master’s degree holders and 6% of mothers with a Ph.D.

Fact TankApril 24, 2014

Among Hispanics, immigrants more likely to be stay-at-home moms and to believe that’s best for kids

Views among Hispanics born in the U.S. mirror those of all Americans—about six-in-ten believe that kids are better off if a parent stays home to focus on the family. But a far larger majority—85%–of foreign-born Hispanics say that children are better off if a parent is at home.

Fact TankApril 18, 2014

On weekends, dads find more time for leisure than moms

The “leisure gap” between fathers and mothers, which is quite modest on the weekdays, grows to a one hour difference on Saturdays and Sundays.

Fact TankApril 8, 2014

Rising cost of child care may help explain recent increase in stay-at-home moms

The rising cost of child care may be among the factors behind a recent rise in the number of stay-at-home mothers.

Pew Research CenterApril 8, 2014

A Rise in Stay-at-Home Mothers

The long-term decline in stay-at-home mothers has reversed. Two-thirds of stay-at-home mothers are married with working husbands, but a growing share is unmarried.

Fact TankApril 8, 2014

7 key findings about stay-at-home moms

The share of mothers who do not work outside the home has risen over the past decade, reversing a long-term decline in stay-at-home mothers.

Fact TankFebruary 7, 2014

Parenthood and happiness: It’s more complicated than you think

Social science research offers a more complicated view of the relationship between being a parent and being happy.

Fact TankDecember 31, 2013

As 2014 brings new state laws, a look at public opinion on the issues

Every new year means adding thousands of new state laws to the books. This year’s wide range includes everything from tanning bed age limits (Illinois), to a new ban on selling shark fins (Delaware). While most new laws represent incremental change, sometimes state laws can also signal broader movement on a public policy issue or […]

Fact TankOctober 17, 2013

The ‘leisure gap’ between mothers and fathers

In America, fathers, on average, have about three hours more leisure time per week than mothers. This “leisure gap” has been consistent at least over the past decade. What are dads doing with their extra time? For the most part, they’re watching TV, according to new Pew Research Center analysis of data from the government-sponsored […]