PRC Brown Bag: Joanna Pepin from UT Austin

Joanna Pepin from UT Austin presents "Gender Flexibility, but not Equality: Young Adults’ Division of Labor Preferences"

Fri, September 27, 2019 | RLP 1.302E

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

PRC Brown Bag: Joanna Pepin from UT Austin

Joanna Pepin from UT Austin presents "Gender Flexibility, but not Equality: Young Adults’ Division of Labor Preferences."

Rising acceptance of mothers’ labor force participation is often considered evidence of increased support for gender equality. This approach overlooks perceptions of both men’s and women’s behavior in public and private spheres. Using Monitoring the Future surveys (1976–2014) to trace youths’ imagined division of labor arrangements, we show a more complicated picture of gender attitudes. Over this period, contemporary young people exhibited greater openness to a variety of division of labor scenarios for their future selves as parents, although the husband-as-breadwinner/wife-as-homemaker arrangement remained most desired. Using latent class analysis, we identify six configurations of attitudes: conventionalists, neo-traditionalists, conventional realists, dual-earners, intensive parents, and strong intensive parents. None of the configurations are gender egalitarian, showing equal support for both parents’ time at work and time at home. Our findings suggest researchers must distinguish support for gender egalitarian principles from flexibility in dividing time at work and at home.

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