American motherhood has changed in many ways since Mother’s Day was first celebrated more than 100 years ago.
About half of Americans say society looks up to men who are masculine, and 60% of these say this is a good thing. Views differ by party, gender and race.
More than 11 million U.S. parents – or 18% – were not working outside the home in 2016. The stay-at-home share of U.S. parents in 2016 was almost identical to what it was in 1989, but there has been a modest increase among fathers.
What traits does society value most in men and in women? What traits does society say men and women should not have? Scroll through this data essay to find out.
Allegations about sexual misconduct by prominent men in politics, entertainment, media and other industries have reverberated across the United States in recent months, drawing attention to issues of gender equality in the workplace and in broader American society.
Most Americans see fundamental differences between men and women in their traits and characteristics and in the pressures they face from society.
In their own words: Why do Americans say men or women have it easier in the U.S.?
Women's contributions to U.S. household incomes have grown. Yet, men contribute more of the income in most couples, and this reality aligns with public sentiments.
A substantial share of adults in Central and Eastern Europe hold traditional views of women and the family, especially in countries with Orthodox majorities.
By comparison, just 3% say women shouldn’t be able to take any type of maternity leave.