The End of the Gender Revolution?
Gender Role Attitudes from 1977 to 2008
Cotter, David A., Joan M. Hermsen, and Reeve Vanneman.
"The End of the Gender Revolution? Gender Role Attitudes from 1977 to 2008"
American Journal of Sociology
117 (July): 259-289
After becoming consistently more egalitarian for more than two
decades, gender role attitudes in the General Social Survey have
changed little since the mid-1990s. This plateau mirrors other gender
trends, suggesting a fundamental alteration in the momentum toward
gender equality. While cohort replacement can explain about
half of the increasing egalitarianism between 1974 and 1994, the
changes since the mid-1990s are not well accounted for by cohort
differences. Nor is the post-1994 stagnation explained by structural
or broad ideological changes in American society. The recent lack
of change in gender attitudes is more likely the consequence of the
rise of a new cultural frame, an “egalitarian essentialism” that blends
aspects of feminist equality and traditional motherhood roles.