Managing Work-life Balance: A Study of Social Media Network ‘Engineering Working Moms’


  • Isabella Marie Henley Purdue University
  • Anne M. Lucietto Purdue University
  • Diane L Peters Kettering University


emotional support, social networks, engineering, motherhood, Work-Life Balance


The Engineering Working Moms social networking group is the focus of this study. The group membership is broad, encompassing mothers who are engineers and work outside of the home, but also those who are not currently working, those who work remotely, those between jobs, or those preparing for re-entry. Mainly based in North America, the group is a valuable resource for technical expertise, advice on managing work-life balance and learning the essential skills necessary for navigating life as a technical mother.

The researchers conducted a survey of the group to explore their socialization and interactions, specifically their quest for work-life balance. The findings revealed that work-life balance looks different for everyone. Some of the engineers found that limiting their activities was the best option, while others kept a tight schedule on their planners and calendars. Many relied on neighbors, friends, and family to help them schedule activities like carpooling and babysitting. Having a flexible job or a partner with a flexible job also helped significantly.

The members of this group all work and care for their families, and they focus on programs and task support that professional organizations and employers can implement to support and retain them in the workforce. The group discusses various issues they face and often delves into the support they receive during pregnancy and childbirth, which is not always clear. This research delved deeper into these issues and highlighted that, while most women felt supported during pregnancy and childbirth, some faced judgmental attitudes from their bosses and co-workers.

The issues confronted by the members of this group can inform the development of benefits and programs that employers may consider to attract and retain engineering staff. Additionally, this research provides insight into the interactions and fellowship among women in technical careers, which can help to deepen our understanding of women's socialization.

Author Biographies

  • Isabella Marie Henley, Purdue University

    Undergraduate Student

    College of Engineering

    Industrial Engineering

  • Anne M. Lucietto, Purdue University

    Assoicate Professor

    School of Engineering Technology

  • Diane L Peters, Kettering University

    Associate Professor

    College of Engineering






Research and theoretical papers

How to Cite

Managing Work-life Balance: A Study of Social Media Network ‘Engineering Working Moms’. (2023). International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology, 15(2), 166-192.