(with Jerry A. Jacobs)
This project aims to improve and expand our understanding of public views toward mothers and fathers by using vignettes to vary the circumstances of married mothers’ and fathers’ employment. We are exploring whether and how people’s views on employed mothers, both married and single, and married fathers change when particular features of their work and family situation vary in different combinations. This research takes seriously that differing work, childcare, and family circumstances shape people’s views on the employment decisions of both mothers and fathers. We plan to systematically explore the extent to which views on the appropriate choices for mothers and fathers are either converging or remain distinct.