2012 Conference Summary

The inaugural meeting of the new Work and Family Researchers Network, “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Work and Family,” was held on June 14-16, 2012 in New York City.

The inaugural conference was a huge success!  There were over 750 presenters and 125 sessions that discussed the latest work and family research from around the world.  Approximately 30% of the attendees were from outside the U.S., and represented more than 30 countries including Chile, Pakistan, Ghana, China, Japan, Kenya, Italy, Singapore and Nigeria. The excitement about this new organization was palpable, and attendees were inspired to get involved. There were numerous opportunities for networking and sharing ideas with colleagues.

WFRN Conference Program 2011: Included are hyperlinks to conference papers and presentations deposited to our repository.

2012 Conference Evaluation

Sponsors Included:


Wharton Leadership Center

Alliance for Work-Life Progress, an Affiliate of WorldatWork

University of Chicago, The Employment Instability, Family Well-Being, and Social Policy Network

University of Pennsylvania, Population Studies Center

University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts & Sciences

University of Pennsylvania, Sociology Department


Bright Horizons Family Solutions


Brigham Young University, School of Family Life

Children’s Choice Learning Centers


Society for Human Resource Management

Workplace Options



2012 Book Reception
There was a New and Recent Book Reception at the conference on Friday, June 15 from 4:00 pm. – 5:00 pm.

Book exhibitors included:

• Joanne Cleaver, The Career Lattice
• Stephanie Coontz, A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s
• Suzy Fox, Terri Lituchy, Gender and the Dysfunctional Workplace
• Ellen Ernst Kossek, CEO of Me: Creating a Life that Works in the Flexible Job Age
• Lisa Levey, The Libra Solution: Shedding Excess and Redefining Success at Work and at Home
• Erynn Masi de Casanova, Making up the Difference: Women, Beauty, and Direct Selling in Ecuador
• Paula McDonald, Men, Wage Work & Family
• Barbara Pocock, Natalie Skinner, Phillippa Williams, Time Bomb: Work, Rest and Play in Australia Today
• Lynn Prince Cooke, Gender-Class Equality in Political Economies
• Kristin Smith, Ann Tickamyer, Economic Restructuring and Family Well-Being in Rural America
2012 Exhibitor Information
Exhibits were open on Friday, June 15 from 9:00 am. -4:00 pm.  and Saturday, June 16 from 9:00 am. -3:00 pm.

Exhibitors included:

• Bright Horizons Family Solutions
• Graduate Center, City University of New York, Master’s Degree Program in Psychology
• Princeton University, The Future of Children
• University of Chicago, The Employment Instability, Family Well-Being, and Social Policy Network
• Work, Family & Health Network


Combined Book Display:

• Harvard University Press including:
• Nancy Folbre, Valuing Children: Rethinking the Economics of the Family
• Joan Williams, Reshaping the Work-Family Debate: Why Men and Class Matter

• Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group including:
• Elizabeth Fideler, Women Still at Work: Professionals over Sixty and on the Job

• Rutgers University Press including:
• Mignon Duffy, Make Care Count: A Century of Gender, Race and Paid Care Work
• Jamie Mullaney, Janet Hinson Shope, Paid to Party: Working Time and Emotion in Direct Home Sales
• Markella B. Rutherford, Adult Supervision Required: Private Freedom and Public Constraints for Parents and Children

• The MIT Press including:
• Lee Rainie, Barry Wellman, Networked: The New Social Operating System
• Suzy Fox, Terri Lituchy, Gender and the Dysfunctional Workplace


Literature Display
• Center for Research on Gender in the Professions
• The Institute for Women’s Policy Research
• Working Mother Research Institute