VIRTUAL PLENARY:  WFRN’s Virtual Conference Day September 30, 2022


On September 30, 2022 the WFRN held a Virtual Conference Series event open to the public.  Presentations and links to recordings are presented below.  The WFRN extends thanks to co-organizers Sarah Damaske (WFRN Vice President) and Richard Petts (WFRN Board Member) and the presenters.


  • Sarah Damaske, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Labor & Employment Relations, Pennsylvania State University and WFRN Vice President
  • Richard Petts, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Ball State University


8 am Eastern Daylight Time: Work Family Balance and Policies Across the Globe

  • Reena Shah – Antecedents and Effects of Work-Life Balance among Indian Professionals
  • Tanuj Negi &  Rajwinder Kaur – Predictive Value of Life and Work Antecedents on Work-Life Balance among Indian Professionals
  • Birgit Pfau-Effinger – Theorizing the Role of Culture and Family Policy for Women’s Work-Childcare Behaviour
  • Kai Sun – Work Family Balance of First-time Urban Chinese Mothers and Fathers in Shanghai
  • Beatriz Millán Jara – A Gender Perspective on Successful STEM ventures, The case of Chile

View a recording of this session by clicking here.

9:30 am Eastern Daylight Time: Parenting, Parental Leave, and Unions: Their Antecedents and Effects

  • Constanza Hurtado-Acuna – Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Association Between Women’s Employment and First Union Formation
  • Julia Goodman – Work as a Social Risk Factor in Pregnancy: Focus Groups Examining Screening Practices Related to Working Conditions and Family Leave
  • Merve Uzunalioglu – Competing Powers: What Matters for the Timing and Duration of Fathers’ Parental Leave
  • Aziz Mensah – Working Hours, Sleep Disturbance and Self-Reported Health in Men and Women: A Multilevel Analysis of 30 Countries in Europe
  • Deniz Yucel – Work-Family Boundary Permeability and Parent-Child Relationship

View a recording of this session by clicking here.

11:00 am Eastern Daylight Time: The Covid Pandemic and Work-Family Challenges

  • Maike Philipsen – Immunities to Change: What COVID Taught Us About Work-Life Integration
  • Beãta Nagy – The Role of Technology in Shaping the Gender Gap: Paid Work and Care Work of Men and Women Working from Home During the Pandemic
  • Samantha Ammons – Attempting (and Failing) to Live up to the Ideal Worker Norm: Faculty Parents at Two Universities During COVID-19
  • Amy Lucas – Parenting in the Pandemic: Lack of Balance and Plenty of Guilt

View a recording of this session by clicking here.

VIRTUAL PLENARY: How Do We Incorporate and Grow a Racial Justice Focus in Our Scholarship?


January 28th, 2022 2-3:30pm GMT (10:00-11:30am New York, US; 3:00-4:30pm London, UK; 11:00pm-12:30am Tokyo, Japan)

This special Virtual Conference Series plenary will ask panelists their thoughts on how we can incorporate and grow a racial justice focus in our scholarship. Following the panel discussion, the conversation will open to questions and comments from event participants. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.


  • Sarah Damaske, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology, Labor & Employment Relations and Women’s Studies, Associate Director, Population Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Alexandra Beauregard, Ph.D., Professor of Organizational Psychology, Assistant Dean (International), School of Business, Economics and Informatics, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Heejung Chung, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent


  • Regina Baker, Ph.D.,  Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Enobong (Anna) Branch, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Equity, Rutgers University
  • Laura E. Enriquez, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine
  • Joya Misra, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology & Public Policy, Director of the Institute for Social Science Research, University of Massachusetts, Amherst