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A study by the Pew Research Center found that women have the final say on most household decisions.
Over 1,000 adults who were married or living with a partner were asked who was in charge of making the decisions in four areas of domestic life.
43 percent of couples said women are calling the shots.
Men make the decisions in only 26 percent of relationships.
31 percent of couples said they divide the decisions equally.
So what were the four areas where women are wearing the pants?
1. Weekend plans--For 46 percent of couples, weekend plans are made together. But for couples where one partner has control, it's the woman calling the shots. Twenty-eight percent of couples said the woman decides what to do on weekends, while only 16 percent of couples put the man in charge of those activities.
2. Major household purchases--Again, almost half of couples have equal control over the decisions in this area. But in couples with one person in control, that person is the woman. 30 percent of couples said the woman decides on big purchases for the home. That number was 19 percent for men.
3. Managing the finances--The study found that women are more likely than men to manage the household finances (38 percent vs. 30 percent). In fact, couples are more likely to share decision making about weekend plans than the household budget. Only 28 percent of couples manage the finances together.
4. Television viewing--And finally, who controls the remote? This is the one area that was the most evenly split, with women deciding what to watch in 27 percent of relationships and men controlling the remote in 26 percent.
Overall, 15 percent of women and 9 percent of men take the lead in making decisions in three or more of these areas.