B.A. Agnes Scott College
M.A. Brown University
My work examines women's caregiving labor in Appalachian labor movements. From coal strikes to teacher strikes, women's unpaid labor sustained decades of labor and political activism in the region. In the late 20th century, many women embarked on careers in education and the healthcare industry that compensated caregiving labor. I examine the history of women's caregiving labor in Appalachia, from their unpaid work in striking coal communities to their fight for fair compensation in teachers' strikes.