Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2012 – The Changing Faces of the Right

By Nancy L. Cohen, April 19, 2012

I’ll be on a panel this Sunday at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books with Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of the Nation, Elizabeth Price Foley, author of a pro-Tea Party book, and Sally Denton, a specialist on the Right in FDR’s day. James Rainey, the Times media critic, is moderating. Later that day, I’ll be on C-SPAN from the festival talking about Delirium: How the Sexual Counterrevolution is Polarizing America  and taking questions from callers. Tune in at 3PM PST.

In the meantime, enjoy this fact-based intervention in the phony Mommy wars from nonpartisan pollster Pew.

Young Women Now Top Young Men in Valuing a High-Paying Career

In a reversal of traditional gender roles, young women now surpass young men in the importance they place on having a high-paying career or profession, according to survey findings from the Pew Research Center. Two-thirds (66%) of young women ages 18 to 34 rate career high on their list of life priorities, compared with 59% of young men.1In 1997, 56% of young women and 58% of young men felt the same way.

The past 15 years have also seen an increase in the share of middle-aged and older women who say being successful in a high-paying career or profession is “one of the most important things” or “very important” in their lives. Today about the same share of women (42%) and men (43%) ages 35 to 64 say this. In 1997, more middle-aged and older men than women felt this way (41% vs. 26%).

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