Helga certainly took risks. She left behind a husband and seven children to undertake a year-long journey in hopes of earning enough money to save the family farm. She subjected herself and her teenaged daughter to illness, fatigue, hunger, wild animals, lawless men, national criticism, and the possibility that it would all be for naught.
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She subjected her husband and younger children to social disgrace, emotional abandonment, financial ruin, and disease two of her children died from diphtheria before Helga returned home. Perhaps most importantly, Helga worked to free the voice of womankind. In face-to-face encounters, she voiced her personal opinions to mayors, governors, and presidential candidates across the United States. Over sixty years later, Dr.
From these worn castoffs, often considered of little value to others, they wove together a weft of rags to create incredibly strong and durable artistic rugs. Hunt has been featured across the country on CNN and at numerous speaking engagements and book signings. Years after her death, Helga has become a role model for tough, independent-thinking, risk-taking women everywhere. We would all do well to learn from her, and from Linda Lawrence Hunt who gave her story back to us.
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