By Suzanne E. Tallichet
A lot has been written through the years approximately existence within the coal mines of Appalachia. no longer strangely, awareness has concentrated ordinarily at the stories of male miners. In Daughters of the Mountain, Suzanne Tallichet introduces us to a cohort of girls miners at a wide underground coal mine in southern West Virginia, the place ladies entered the group within the past due Nineteen Seventies after mining jobs started beginning up for ladies during the Appalachian coalfields. Tallichet's paintings is going past anecdotal facts to supply complicated and penetrating analyses of qualitative info. according to in-depth interviews with woman miners, Tallichet explores a number of key issues, together with social kinfolk between women and men, expert development, and union participation. She additionally explores the ways that ladies adapt to mining tradition, constructing techniques for either resistance and lodging to an overwhelmingly male-dominated international.
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Additional resources for Daughters of the Mountain: Women Coal Miners in Central Appalachia (Rural Studies Series of the Rural Sociological Society)
Getting hired Between 1973 and 1977 women in the central Appalachian coalﬁelds were hired on their own, one at a time. Often they had to ﬁle complaints with state agencies charged with enforcing equal employment statutes before they could get hired. In 1973, using individual women’s complaints, the Kentucky Human Rights Commission began targeting the state’s coal companies; as a result, the number of female coal miners in the state jumped from ﬁve in 1974 to two hundred in 1977 (Mountain Life and Work 1978b).
As you might expect, coal mines are dark, damp, and often eerie places where miners usually work side by side in cramped areas. Their work is extremely dangerous and they must depend heavily on each other. Coal mining also continues to be an occupation with a strong masculine-identiﬁed subculture, and women miners face formidable barriers to their full integration into the workforce. Before I began my study, I talked informally with women miners from across the nation about their work experiences with men.
Encouragement and opposition in their homes and communities The miners I studied lived in small, quiet, relatively isolated workingclass towns nestled in the hills and hollows typical of central Appalachia. Members of the local community were bound almost exclusively to job 30 daughters of the mountain and family, and the social worlds of work and home were essentially one and the same. Social relations between mining and nonmining community members were based on strong ties to family and extended kinship networks, which were often reproduced at work.