February 26, 2010
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
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Professors collaborate for book on Appalachian Women
Monique Diderich, Ph.D., author and assistant professor in
Sociology at Shawnee State University, is working on a new
gender project proposal with a colleague, Veronica Manlow,
Ph.D., author and assistant professor in the Business
Department at Brooklyn College in New York City that is
about the role of women in Appalachia.
“We are going
to interview females 65 years of age and older in
Appalachia,” Diderich said. “We are interested in how they
view their role in society and how they view their
educational opportunities, how they view their role as women
and how they view the role of younger women in contemporary
teaches gender association and when she started teaching at
SSU, she gave the students a project where they would
interview elderly women they knew, their grandmother or
anyone over the age of 65 living in Appalachia.
noticed about the students’ interviews was a rich history so
what she and Manlow want to do is interview Appalachian
women about many different areas of their lives. Then, they
may expand the interviews to New York and other areas of the
country and possibly outside the United States.
then present preliminary data of a few case studies at the
meeting in November of the Gerontological Society of
“It will be
like a life history,” Diderich said. “We also will guarantee
anonymity and confidentiality.”
When they do
a report, names will never be mentioned and will only give a
general description of the person and where they live, such
as, northern Kentucky/southern Ohio area, so no one will be
able to identify the women interviewed.
Manlow plan to do three different research projects
including the construction of male identity in Appalachia
and a project about Appalachian fashion.
information or to volunteer to tell your life story, call
Social Sciences secretary Sandy Delabar at (740) 351-3234.