In this interview I talk to Laila, a woman of color who is getting her PhD in molecular biology at a large prestigious university.
There is a lot of stuff going on in this interview, it is very hard to categorize:
Science! (she does an amazing job describing her experiments/daily life as a PhD candidate)
Education! (she was not encouraged towards science early on but ran into some amazing mentors later in life)
Sexism (Successful women are rare in her field)
Racism (Mistaken for the janitor regularly and worse. And why she is against affirmative action / the favoring of minorities in higher education)
“All that stuff is just a rotten potato on a plate of awesomeness.” Laila says about these frustrations after explaining how much she loves her life in science.
*Some aspects of this interview have been altered/omitted in order to protect the privacy of my guest and her colleagues
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