Laura L. Mays Hoopes wants to empower
every woman and young girl looking to make a difference
and have it all, despite the odds.

In her book she traces her career through Goucher College with summers in Woods Hole, graduate study at Yale, postdoctoral fellowships at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation and University of Colorado Medical School, and a faculty position at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Later, she became academic Vice President at Pomona College in Claremont, CA, but after breast cancer, she became the Halstead-Bent Professor of Biology at Pomona.


Along the way, Laura found satisfaction both in research and in teaching, as well as marrying twice and having two children. Her memoir stands alone in showing an American woman balancing family with a career in biology.  She advocates that you should follow your dreams, and believes you can balance family and career.

Works in progress include The Bad Project, a novel about two women premedical students in college, Not North, a novel about coming-of-age of a woman environmental activist, and a dual biography of top-ranked scientists Joan Steitz and Jennifer Doudna, entitled Joan and Jennifer: Two Women of the RNA World.  Hoopes has a certificate in Creative Writing from UCLA and will complete her MFA in creative writing at San Diego State University in May, 2013.


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