Professor Ann Shteir – Women and Plants: A Fruitful Topic (Winter Forum #5)
Professor Ann Shteir, professor emerita, York University recently edited and published “Flora’s Fieldworkers: Women and Botany in 19th Century Canada” ( 2021) (McGill/Queens Press). She and her team uncovered about ten neglected women who contributed to botany in Canada during this era. Some collected seeds; some developed gardens; some wrote guides to plants; some made quilts depicting Canadian and British plants. This book is the outgrowth of an earlier conference she organized to focus on women and botany in the 19th century.
As senior scholar in gender, feminist, and women’s studies at York University, Professor Ann Shteir wrote “Cultivating Women, Cultivating Science: Flora’s Daughters in England 1760-1860” (1996) .
Her books are a great contribution to the study of Canadian women in science.