Canada’s Dr. Anne Innis Dagg has been studying giraffes since the year 1956, when she packed up all of her belongings at just 23 years old in order to leave to South Africa and study them within their natural habitats. Dr. Dagg decided to embark on this journey after her successful scientific career was becoming targeted by sexism. At 86 years old, Dr. Dagg is now the first person ever to study African mammals in the wild.
- Many haven’t heard of Dr. Anne Innis Dagg because her impressive scientific career was abruptly cut short by sexism.
- In 1956, Dagg packed her things and went on a trip to South Africa to study giraffes making her the first person to study African mammals in the wild.
- In 1957, she returned to Canada to the University of Waterloo and began a PhD in animal behavior which should have earned her scientific acclaim but for sexism.
“A groundbreaking researcher in Africa in 1950s Dr. Anne Innis Dagg returned home to Canada to see her career stifled by sexism.”