THE PRESSURES WORKING MOMS FACE PERFORMING IN THEIR CAREERS AND THEIR HOMES: CREATING AND FOSTERING RESILIENCY IN A SOCIAL MEDIA SATURATED SOCIETY
This study explores how working moms show resiliency in the age of social media; consumed by the pressures to excel in their careers and in raising their families. Fifteen self-identified working moms are interviewed about their reason(s) for working, their purpose behind their social media usage, the challenges and rewards of being a working mom, their definition and their assumption of society’s definition of what a working mom is, and how they overcome tough days. The following themes emerge: moms assessing situations, moms adjusting their daily lives, self-scrutiny, money, expectations, the influence on the children, and the gleaning of humor not hate from social media platforms. These themes are supported by participant voices and existing literature to add to research surrounding this important topic. Limitations and future directions are also discussed.