Though historically underrepresented in environmental fields, women—past and present, and from a diversity of backgrounds—have overcome barriers to pursue their passions and leave a lasting legacy for the natural world and for the women following in their footsteps.
Join The Morton Arboretum each Friday in March as guest speakers share about their work on behalf of nature, stories of the women that inspired them, and the path forward for the women who are poised to follow in their footsteps.
Gidinawendimin: We Are All Connected presented by Dr. Wendy Makoons Geniusz
Five generations of Indigenous women, working over a century, created the book Plants Have So Much to Give Us, All We Have to Do Is Ask. Editor and contributor Dr. Wendy Makoons Geniusz will describe the history of how the book was written by her late mother, Mary Siisip Geniusz, and share Anishinaabe-gikendaasowin (Anishinaabe teachings) from the book.
Friday, March 10, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Conserving Biodiversity, presented by Dr. Tanisha Williams
Join Dr. Tanisha M. Williams, founder of #BlackBotanistsWeek, who will share her research on the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, talk about her journey into a career in science, and discuss the work she is doing to create space for diversity in scientific fields.
Friday, March 17, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
The Legacy of May Watts, presented by Cindy Crosby and Rita Hassert
This lecture celebrates the lasting influence of May Watts, one of the twentieth century’s great conservationists, and explores what this legacy means for women today who are seeking to make a difference.
Friday, March 24, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Soil Sisters: How Local Women Are Caring for the Land, presented by Heather Lynch
When women who share a passion for healthy soil collaboratively come together to champion and celebrate conservation through groups such as Wisconsin’s Soil Sisters, they are able to have an impact on the landscape for generations to come.
Friday, March 31, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.