The funky dude in the middle is the Australian-born University of Pennsylvania economist Justin Wolfers and the happy looking woman is Betsey Stevenson of the University of Pennsylvania, to whom he is married.
This is what their paper says:
"The lives of women in the United States have improved over the past
35 years by many objective measures, yet we show that measures of
subjective well-being indicate that women’s happiness has declined
both absolutely and relative to men. This decline in relative wellbeing
is found across various datasets, measures of subjective wellbeing,
demographic groups, and industrialized countries. Relative
declines in female happiness have eroded a gender gap in happiness
in which women in the 1970s reported higher subjective well-being
than did men. These declines have continued and a new gender gap
is emerging—one with higher subjective well-being for men."
Frightening, hey? More reaction here.
. Women's pay plummets (relative to mens)
. Would my pay drop if I became a woman?
. Who works the hardest in your office?