The Jabot
The Jabot
Apr 2, 2020
The Stereotypes of Appalachia with Cassie Chambers - Episode 32
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Kathryn talks with Cassie Chambers, author of the new book Hill Women: Finding Family and a Way Forward in the Appalachian Mountains. Cassie is a graduate of Yale College, the Yale School of Public Health, the London School of Economics, and Harvard Law School. They talk about the strong women in her family and the emphasis on education, stereotypes of Appalachia and how her book is a response to that.

Episode Resources Episode Highlights
  • Cassie’s story - 1:53
  • The value of education - 2:48
  • Stories of women in Kentucky - 3:53
  • Writing a book to honor women - 4:45
  • Being a practicing lawyer and author - 6:13
  • Telling part of her story in the book - 8:01
  • Seeking external validation - 9:04
  • Her experience after graduating from law school - 11:02
  • Growing up in Appalachia - 11:30
  • She thought that “all law was law” - 13:02
  • The power of being a lawyer - 14:39
  • Her background influences the kind of lawyer that she is today - 14:51
  • How Appalachia is a part of her - 17:41
  • The cost associated with law school - 20:46
  • Caring deeper about poverty - 22:59
  • Her experience making the world better - 25:17
  • The democratic party in Kentucky - 26:52
  • Figuring out the new economy in Appalachia - 28:48
  • Innovating in times of crisis - 29:59
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