Roles and Experiences of Women in Agriculture in Appalachia

Scope: 

Historically farming has been considered 'men's work', causing the general role of women in farming to be largely disregarded. This is especially true for Appalachian farm women who tend to be rendered invisible in the scholarship about the region. Women in agriculture in Appalachia continue to be an underdeveloped facet of Appalachian culture and history. This pathfinder may serve as a way to highlight the resources on women in agriculture and the direct roles women have played and continue to play in farm production and operation in the Appalachian region.

Introductory Text: 

Blakeney, Ruth Ellen. Blue Ridge Women and Agriculture: Resistance and Persistence of the Small Farmer in Northwestern North Carolina. Thesis (M.A.) Boone, NC: Appalachian State University, 2005. App. Coll. HD6077.2 U62 N8 2005

Dunaway, Wilma. Women, Work, and Family in the Antebellum Mountain South. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008. App. Coll. HQ 1438.A55 D85 2008 (Specifically pages 131-158)

Library of Congress Subject Headings: 

Most relevant:

  • Women In Agriculture
  • Women In Agriculture - Southern States
  • Women In Agriculture - United States
  • Women Farmers
  • Women Farmers - Appalachian Region
  • Women Farmers - Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Women Farmers - United States - Statistics

Also relevant:

  • Appalachian Region, Southern - Agriculture
  • Rural Women
  • Rural Women - Southern states
  • Women In Rural Development
Clipping Files Subject Headings - W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection: 

Relevant:

  • Women

More general:

  • Agriculture
Library of Congress Call Numbers: 
  • HQ 1438.A12
  • HQ 1438.A55
  • HD 6073.A29
Books: 

Anglin, Mary K. Women, Power, and Dissent in the Hills of Carolina. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002. App. Coll. HQ1438.A14 A64 2002

Blakeney, Ruth Ellen. Blue Ridge Women and Agriculture: Resistance and Persistence of the Small Farmer in Northwestern North Carolina. Thesis (M.A.). Appalachian State University, 2005. Print. App. Coll. HD6077.2 U62 N8 2005

Dunaway, Wilma. Women, Work, and Family in the Antebellum Mountain South. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008. App. Coll. HQ 1438.A55 D85 2008 (Specifically pages 131-158)

Walker, Melissa. All We Knew Was to Farm: Rural Women in the Upcountry South, 1919-1941. Baltimore, MD.: John Hopkins University Press, 2000. App. Coll. HD6073.F32 U69 2000

Guides, Encyclopedias, and Dictionaries: 

Walker, Melissa. "Women in Agriculture," Encyclopedia of Appalachia. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2006. App. Coll. F106 .E53 2006

Bibliographies: 

Gates, Jane Potter. Women in Agriculture: January 1985-July 1992. Beltsville,MD: National Agricultural Library, 1992. UNCA FED DOC A 17.18/4:92-56

Maman, Marie, and Thelma H. Tate. Women in Agriculture: A Guide to Research. New York: Garland Publishing Inc., 1996. UNCA REF HD6073.A29 B16 1996

"Women" Appalachian Studies Bibliography 1994-2004. West Virginia University Libraries, n.d. Web. 24 November 2009. http://www.libraries.wvu.edu/bibliography/women.html

Journals: 

Journal of Appalachian Studies. Bi-annually. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University. App. Coll. F106 .J74, 1995-

Rural Sociology. Quarterly. Baton Rouge, LA: Rural Sociology Section, American Sociology Society ASU Microform, Serial v. 1-, 1936-v.31-, 1966; ASU Periodicals, Serial v. 5-, 1941-v. 50-, 1985

NWSA Journal: A Publication of the National Women's Studies Association. Quarterly. Norwood, NJ: Ablex Pub. Corp. ASU Periodicals, Serial v.1-, 1988-

Joyce, Lynda M. and Samuel M Leadley. "An Assessment of Research needs of Women in the Rural United States: Literature Review and Annotated Bibliography." University Park: Agricultural Experiment Station, 1977. ASU App Coll. HD1775.P4 P43a no. 127

Websites: 

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture - http://www.brwia.org/

Kentucky Women in Agriculture - http://www.kywomeninag.org

Tennessee Farm Bureau Women - http://www.thnfarmbureau.org/index.asp?view=FBWomen

Women Food and Agriculture Network - http://www.wfan.org

Women in Agriculture - http://www.wia.usda.gov

Compiled by: 

Compiler: Cameron Farlow, 8 December 2009