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.
Today's mothers of newborns are older and better educated than their counterparts in 1990, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from the National Center for Health Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau. They are less likely to be white and less likely to be married.
There is a strong association between the magnitude of fertility change in 2008 across states and key economic indicators including changes in per capita income, housing prices and share of the working-age population that is employed across states.
Women now make up almost half of the U.S. labor force, up from 38% in 1970. The public approves of this trend, but the change has come with a cost for many women -- particularly working mothers of young children, who feel the tug of family responsibility much more acutely than do working fathers.
Fully 72% of married moms who work say dads are now doing as good a job or better than their counterparts did a generation ago.
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.
Who makes better candidates — moms or dads? And more broadly, what impact do both the gender and parenting status of candidates have on their chances to win an election?
That's the percentage of U.S. adults who say that when there is a marriage in which the parents are very unhappy with one another, their children are better off if the parents get divorced; only 19% disagree.
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.
Americans believe that births to unwed women are a big problem for society, and they take a mixed view at best of cohabitation without marriage.