Spring Tea 2022 on Zoom Sunday May 22, 2022

2:00-4:00 pm Pacific Time

“Women in Botany in Austen’s Time: Priscilla Wakefield and Others”

After a short regional business meeting to elect a Regional Co-Coordinator, Cecily Van Cleave will speak on Priscilla Wakefield and other women in botany around the turn of the 19th century. Priscilla Wakefield (1751-1832) was an English author, educator, and activist whose work included books on botany and entomology. Like Jane Austen, she was a working woman whose writing not only entertained and educated but also provided her economic security. Wakefield also wrote extensively about issues affecting women during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, such as education and maternal health. In addition, we will discuss other women who were involved in botany during Wakefield’s lifetime, including Queen Charlotte, Jane Marcet, and Elizabeth Kent.

Cecily Van Cleave is a member of JASNA’s Eastern WA/Northern ID region and will share information on women in botany and Priscilla Wakefield that she learned while researching a historical novel. Cecily has a master’s degree in English Literature from Mercy College, where her thesis on Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot was named the program’s 2020 Thesis of the Year. Her short historical fiction was published in The Copperfield Review in 2021. You can find out more about Cecily and her writing at

This meeting is free and open to all on Zoom. We will email a registration confirmation in a day or two after you register and then email the Zoom link the day before the event (5/21). Registration closes on 5/22 at 1:30 pm. To register, complete this form

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