Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Staff Pick of the Week

In honor of Women's History Month this week's pick is Daughters of the Mountain: Women Coal Miners in Central Appalachia by Suzanne E. Tallichet

"Much has been written over the years about life in the coal mines of Appalachia. Not surprisingly, attention has focused mainly on the experiences of male miners. In Daughters of the Mountain, Suzanne Tallichet introduces us to a cohort of women miners at a large underground coal mine in Southern West Virginia, where women entered the workforce in the late 1970s after mining jobs began opening up for women throughout the Appalachian coalfields.

Tallichet's work goes beyond anecdotal evidence to provide complex and penetrating analyses of qualitative data. Based on in-depth interviews with female miners, Tallichet explores several key topics, including social relations among men and women, professional advancement, and union participation. She also explores the ways in which women adapt to mining culture, developing strategies for both resistance and accommodation to an overwhelmingly male-dominated world."

(Text from back cover of this title.)

This title is from the West Virginia Library Commission Reference Library's West Virginia Collection.

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