Ep. 32: Professor Liz Alter Becomes the Female Role Model in Science She Didn't Have
"I didn't think that I could be a scientist, as crazy as that might sound today. But neither of my parents were scientists, I didn't have any female role models growing up...it wasn't until I was out of college that I really thought to myself, I need to give this a try since this is really what I'm passionate about."
Lacking female role models in science as a kid, Liz Alter didn't see becoming a scientist as a realistic possibility. But she decided to give her passion a try and has become a role model for other women in the field. She is a biology professor at CUNY and the head of the Alter Lab. Together with a female role model she found late in her career, she even discovered a new species of fish in the Congo River, naming it after the Obamas!
You'll get inspired and learn about her exciting career path, the importance of female role models and mentors, how being a mother has improved her career, the leakage of the female pipeline in academia, making sure your days aren't just consumed by tiny tasks, and how she finds her joy by taking time to herself to make bread.
"I started asking myself...if I don't do this, will anyone else care? And a lot of times the answer is no."
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