Study Asks: Is the Gender Revolution Over?

A new study written by Council on Contemporary Familes researchers David A. Cotter, Joan M. Hermsen, and Reeve Vanneman looks at the status of women and the gender revolution.

Among the study's findings, per the CCF website:

A SLOWING OF WOMEN'S ENTRY INTO NEW OCCUPATIONS AND POSITIONS. Barriers to women's opportunities in traditionally male jobs have declined since the 1960s-for example, the 1970s and 1980s saw a 20 percentage point increase in women managers. Yet during the next two decades there was only a five percent increase in women's representation in management. Working-class occupations are nearly as segregated today as they were in 1950 and have become more segregated since 1990.

MORE EDUCATIONAL DEGREES FOR WOMEN, BUT CONTINUED SEGREGATION OF COLLEGE MAJORS. In some fields, women have even lost ground since the mid 1980s. In 1970 only 14 percent of computer and information sciences degrees were granted to women. By 1985 women's share had increased almost threefold, to 37 percent. But by 2008 women accounted for only 18percent of degrees in the field.

SOME SIGNS THAT THE RAPID CHANGES IN TRADITIONAL ATTITUDES TOWARD WOMEN BETWEEN 1977 AND THE MID 1990S HAVE COME TO AN END. From 1977 to 1996, the percentage of people who believe women are less suited to politics than men fell by half, to around 22 percent. However, despite the attention to the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, there's been no change over the past two decades, and almost one-fourth of Americans still hold this view. In addition, since 1994, there has been some slippage in support for egalitarian marital arrangements.

Read the full report, Is the Gender Revolution Over?, here.