“A Lifetime of Labor: Maybelle Carter at Work,” for Turning the Tables, Eight Women Who Invented American Popular Culture, NPR

Featured in article by Heather Duncan, for Scalawag, “Mountain Justice: Appalachian Women Fought for Justice Long Before They Fought for Jobs”

“The Radical History of Appalachian Women Activists,” forum response in Boston Review

Guest on Working History podcast with Beth English, “Women’s Social Justice Activism in Appalachia”

“You Can’t Eat Coal, and Other Lessons from Appalachian Women’s History,” Southern Spaces

“The Appalachian Women’s Rights Movement and the Lost Promises of Feminism,” book excerpt in Jezebel

‘One woman alone can’t do anything,’ activist Eula Hall declared at the inaugural meeting of the Appalachian Women’s Rights Organization.

Guest on Top of Mind with Julie Rose, “How Women Drove Activism in Appalachia”

“Why UNC’s Attempt to Restore a Confederate Statue Could Delay Final Grades,” with Sarah McNamara, Made By History, The Washington Post

The teaching assistants withholding their labor understand that Silent Sam is more than a Civil War commemoration. Rather, the statue symbolizes a history of white supremacist policies and exploitation that have hurt workers, students and the graduate students who straddle those two categories. What these student workers demand is that UNC recognize the humanity of those who sustain the university — and understand that a living wage is a civil right.

Living with Dolly Parton

Longreads feature, October 2018, and now a podcast episode!

Guest on Top of Mind with Julie Rose, “How Labor Unions Changed America”

Book featured in The Cut, “There is a Kind of Feminist Revolution Happening Right Now in Appalachia”

"Unraveling the Hidden Black History of Appalachian Activism," 100 Days in Appalachia, reprinted at Salon

Mary Rice Farris, a Black woman who lived her whole life in Madison County, Kentucky, where the knobby hills meet the bluegrass, worked much of her life to demand that Black Appalachia be seen and heard.
Among those who converged on the nation’s capital in the 1960s for the original campaign were Appalachian youth. Too often muted in the histories of the time, young Appalachians formed a vital presence in the Poor People’s Campaign. Importantly, they also brought the lessons of the Campaign home to their Appalachian communities through the organizing work they continued to do back in the mountains.
Appalachian feminism, which is to say feminism of working-class white and Black women who lived in a place long dominated by corporate officials, has volumes to teach us about meaningful efforts to reach gender equality, but more importantly, justice.

"Women's Movements Against Gender-Based Violence," for Picks and Finds, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Ending violence against all women was the goal, but the movement’s method in the early years was to begin with the needs of women with the fewest resources. Indeed, working class and poor women, along with their allies, stood on the front lines of the movement.
The media owes the region and its readers respectful and rigorous coverage that cuts through simplistic formulations of Appalachia. Ignoring or erasing stories of community organizing and coalition-building makes it easier to paint Appalachia’s residents as perpetual victims of economic decline or hypocrites who receive government aid without reciprocity.

"Reasons We Marched," Oxford Eagle (with Amy McDowell)

When we asked women and men living across the country why they marched, this is what they said...
Too often we discuss abortion policy only within the confines of an ideological debate. Those debates are important, but when we focus only on ideology we lose sight of historical lessons: reproductive choice is a critical part of the gender equality women have won in the past century.
Helen Lewis has long been a towering figure in Appalachian Studies, designing the first academic programs and developing an interpretation of Appalachia as an “internal colony” of the United States, a model that influenced a generation of Appalachian scholars and activists.