From an article by Brad Edmondson in American Demographics (November):
American women are less satisfied with their lives now than they were in 1975, and an increasing share of Americans agree that men have it better. This remarkable shift in public opinion may be due to the growing gap American women see between their expectations and reality.
In 1989, nearly half (49 percent) of adults surveyed by the Gallup Organization said that, all things considered, American men have a better life than American women. Only 32 percent of adults agreed with that statement in 1975. Just 22 percent said that women had it better in 1989, down from 28 percent in 1975. And only 21 percent said that both sexes had equally good lives, down from 31 percent 15 years ago.
Women who came of age since the 1960s are particularly inclined to see it as a man's world: 63 percent of women aged 18 to 49 believe that men have it better, compared with 40 percent of older women.
In the cold light of the 1990s, Americans are inclined to see the changes wrought by the women's movement as a mixed blessing. Sixty percent of women and 53 percent of men say that marriage is most satisfying when both partners have jobs, but 82 percent of all adults agree that the women's movement has made it harder for parents to raise children. More than three-quarters of Americans (76 percent) say it is now harder for marriages to be successful, and two-thirds (66 percent) say that it is now harder for women to combine jobs and family. But a majority (56 percent) also agree that the women's movement has made it easier for women to lead more satisfying lives.