Women Are Gaining Ground In Family Decision Making

Publication: The Washington Post

Author: Donna St. George

09/26/2008 - Count this as another busted myth of modern times: In family life, the husband always wields the television remote.

Lately, the wife is just as likely to be changing the channels.

A poll released yesterday by the Pew Research Center showed that 21st century couples share decision making in many aspects of American family life, and nowhere is that equity greater than in front of the household television. The poll found that 27 percent of people say women control the remote; 26 percent say that men do; and 25 percent say the couple decides together.

This change in everyday life could be one small sign of a larger social shift in the last generation, experts say.

"I think the big story over time is the rise in shared decision making," said Andrew Cherlin, a professor of sociology and public policy at Johns Hopkins University. "It's not the same as the '50s and '60s, where 'father knew best.' "

Read the full article Women Are Gaining Ground In Family Decision Making on the Washington Post's Web site.

Read the complete study Women Call the Shots at Home; Public Mixed on Gender Roles in Jobs on the Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends Web site.

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