Date Thesis Awarded


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Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)




Leisa Meyer

Committee Members

Patricia Wesp

Jerry Watkins III


Althea Hunt is not a name well known outside of Phi Beta Kappa Hall. Yet, she pioneered the establishment of William and Mary Theatre as a single, female professor in 1926. Hunt never married, nor did she have children during an era in which this was an expectation of upper-middle class women. Hunt provides an insight to nontraditional womanhood and first-wave feminism on our campus. As a woman in the professional world, Hunt was a minority; however, her educational experiences with other women created a comfortable environment in which Hunt was able to thrive and perform confidently. Hunt defied gender expectations and maximized her professional opportunities despite being relegated to limited career paths.

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