Women in Kentucky - Art

Elizabeth Barret: A native of Hazard, Kentucky, Elizabeth Barret joined Appalshop in 1973. In 1997-8 she was the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation film/video/multimedia fellowship. Barret's films include Stranger With A Camera (2000), Long Journey Home (1987), Coalmining Women (1982), Quilting Women (1976), and Fixin' to Tell About Jack (1975).

Anne Lewis: One of Appalshop's most prolific filmmakers, Anne Lewis hails from Washington, D.C. Currently living in Austin, Texas where she lectures at the University of Texas, Anne joined Appalshop in 1981. Her 1989 film On Our Own Land received the Alfred I. DuPont/Columbia University Award for Independent Broadcast Journalism. Lewis' other film credits include To Save
the Land and People (1999), His Eye is on the Sparrow (1999), Evelyn Williams (1995), Justice in the Coalfields (1995), Ready for Harvest;
Clearcutting in the Southern Appalachians (1993), Belinda (1992), Fast Food
Women (1991), Morgan Sexton; Banjo Player from Bull Creek (1991), Peace
Stories (1991), Minnie Black's Gourd Band (1988), Mine War on Blackberry
Creek (1986), Mud Creek Clinic (1986), Mabel Parker Hardison Smith (1985),
and Yellow Creek, Kentucky (1984) and Lily May Leford.

Mimi Pickering: A native Californian, Mimi Pickering has been makingdocumentary films and videotapes at Appalshop since 1971. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American FilmInstitute/Independent Film & Videomakers Program award, and is currently completing a documentary on West Virginia singer Hazel Dickens. Mimi's previous films include Chemical Valley (1991), Dreadful Memories: The Life of Sarah Ogan Gunning (1988), Buffalo Creek Revisited (1984), The Buffalo Creek Flood: An Act of Man (1975), Mountain Farmer (1973), The Millstone Sewing Center (1972), and
The Struggle of Coon Branch Mountain (1972).

Justine Richardson: Daughter of Appalshop founder Bill Richardson, Justine grew up in Whitesburg, Kentucky, and formally joined the Appalshop staff in 1994. Her first Appalshop film Girls' Hoops, documenting the history of girls high school basketball in Kentucky, was released in 1998.

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Site Overview


A. What

Performing Arts
Public Service

B. When

View a selected history of women
View a selected history of women
Sounds and images
Civil War Diaries

C. Where

Central / Northern Kentucky
Western Kentucky
Eastern Kentucky
Southern Kentucky


Selected Readings
Educational Tools
Web tools
Archival Collections
Children's Books

E. About this Project

Women in Sports:

Minnie Adkins
Elizabeth Barret, Anne Lewis, Mimi Pickering, & Justine Richardson
Jane Burch Cochran
Joan Dance
Enid Yandell

Women in Business:

Nelda Barton-Collings
Julia Dinsmore
Laura Freeman
Mattie Mack
Lena Madesin Phillips
Caroline Burnam Taylor

Women in Education:

Helen Lew Lang
Katherine Pettit
Jane Stephenson
Cora Wilson Stewart

Women in Health/Medicine:

Mary Britton
Linda Neville
Ora Framer Porter
Louise Southgate, M.D.

Women in Journalism:

Linda Boileau
Alice Allison Dunnigan

Women in Law:

Pearl Carter Pace
Lt. Colonel Linda Smith

Women in Literature:

Effie Waller Smith

Women in Military:

Lt. Anna Mac Clarke
Capt. Helen Horlacher Evans
Julia Ann Marcum

Women in Music:

Sarah Ogan Gunning
Helen Humes
Lily May Ledford
Reel World String Band
Jean Ritchie
Mary Wheeler

Women as Pioneers:

Esther Whitley

Women in Public Service:

Governor Martha Layne Collins
Emma Guy Cromwell
Rep. Mary Elliott Flanery
Sen. Georgia Davis Powers
Lt. Gov. Thelma Stovall

Women in Reform:

Madeline McDowell Breckinridge
Laura Clay
Eula Hall
Josephine Henry
Belinda Mason
Lois Morris
Eliza Caroline Calvert Obenchain
Charlotte Richardson
Joan Robinett
Mary Sue Whayne
Corinne Whitehead
Evelyn Williams

Women in Religion:

Eldress Nancy Moore
Rabbi Gaylia Rooks

Women in Science:

Sarah Frances Price
Ellen Churchill Semple

Women in Sports:

Terri Cecil-Ramsey
Geri Grigsby
Audrey Whitlock Peterson
Mary T. Meagher Plant