Gender Issues

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 40–54 | Cite as

Regional differences in gender—role attitudes: Variations by gender and race

  • Rebecca S. Powers
  • J. Jill Suitor
  • Susana Guerra
  • Monisa Shackelford
  • Dorothy Mecom
  • Kim Gusman


In this paper, we use data from the General Social Survey (1985–1998) to examine the effects of region on gender-role attitudes, focusing on variations across time by gender and race. Regional differences in gender-role attitudes persisted into the 1990s for white men and women, with southern whites holding more traditional attitudes than those held by whites in other parts of the country. For white men and women and for black men, the effect of region changed little between the 1980s and 1990s. However, for black women, region was a prominent factor affecting their gender-role attitudes in the 1980s, but by the 1990s its effect had diminished considerably.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebecca S. Powers
    • 1
  • J. Jill Suitor
    • 2
  • Susana Guerra
    • 2
  • Monisa Shackelford
    • 2
  • Dorothy Mecom
    • 2
  • Kim Gusman
    • 2
  1. 1.East Carolina UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Louisiana State UniversityUSA

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