B.A. Agnes Scott College
M.A. Brown University
History of Capitalism
"Compensating Care: The Professionalization of Women’s Care Labor in Appalachia, 1968-2000"
My research examines the professionalization of women’s care labor in central Appalachia from 1968 to 2000. I trace the development of women’s labor from unpaid work in the home and in activist spaces, to women miners’ experiences advocating for gender policies in the coal industry, and finally to jobs defined by care, including education, healthcare, and childcare.This evolution of women’s work tracks alongside a change in the region’s economy and workforce. As a result, my research argues that women’s labor, vital and largely unpaid in the industrial economy in the early 20th century, became central to the region’s post-industrial economic landscape.