The surprising truth about women smokers in China

Chinese woman smoking (Photo by Jorge Fernández Garcés)

Photo by Jorge Fernández Garcés

In the United States, more than one out of six women still smoke. And as in most Western countries, cigarette usage is concentrated among the young—those women aged 25 to 44. But according to a recent report by Albert Hermalin and Deborah Lowry of the Institute for Social Research (ISR), that pattern is reversed in China. Continue reading

Sasha Killewald: 2010 Marshall Weinberg Research Fellow

Sasha Killewald (Courtesy of Sasha Killewald)

Housework—a domestic burden borne disproportionately by women—lies at the heart of many family conflicts. But despite its undeniable impact on family dynamics, housework hasn’t always been regarded as a topic worthy of research. “Everyone does housework, it’s so ordinary, we don’t really care about it, why should we study it?” asks Alexandra Killewald, who recently received her Ph.D. in public policy and sociology from the University of Michigan. Continue reading

Wake up, Mom!

Working mothers are two-and-a-half times as likely as working fathers to interrupt their sleep to take care of others, according to an ISR study providing the first known nationally representative data documenting substantial gender differences in getting up at night, mainly with babies and small children. Continue reading

Many U.S. women have children by more than one man

Mother with children on park bench (Photo by Thinkstock)The first national study of the prevalence of multiple partner fertility shows that 28 percent of all U.S. women with two or more children have children by more than one man. The study was presented April 1 in Washington, D.C., at the annual meeting of the Population Association of America. Continue reading