Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Who do you think you are?

Helen Hunt, four time Emmy award winner, discovered more about Women’s History through the search for her own family history.  She sought to learn more about her family in the latest “Who do you think you are” television show. Before her search she knew little about her father’s ancestry mainly due to his mother dying because of a drunk driver when he was only 5 years old.  She was amazed to find out that one of her ancestors, Augusta Hunt, was a prominent member of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union in Portland, Maine.   

 Augusta Hunt became involved in the movement because of the abuse women were suffering due to the rampant alcoholism during the 19th century.  She helped give a voice to women during a time period when women had few legal rights, when they couldn’t vote, or sign contracts, and divorce was difficult.  She was the President of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union for 15 years and was instrumental in starting a day care, bringing female guards to co-ed prisons and getting women elected to school boards.  She was also involved in getting a law passed that gave mothers equal rights with the father in the care of their children.    Augusta Hunt achieved another goal when the 19th Amendment was ratified, giving women the right to vote.  In her 70s, she was able to vote for the first time.

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