Kat Berton can deal with the heavy lifting involved in her dream job of urban forestry. What she can’t deal with is the misogyny.
The 25-year-old says she’s heard “some nasty opinions” while out in the field and sometimes feels underestimated when it comes to the physical labour of tree planting.
“Women and people who present in more feminine ways tend to get a lot of backlash,” she said, pointing to an incident training a group of volunteers at a corporate-sponsored planting day.
"There was just a general tone of: you're a little girl … We know better,” she said.
It’s attitudes like that she was happy to escape when she took part in the Young Urban Forest Leader program run by LEAF, a non-profit dedicated to nurturing Toronto’s trees. read more >>