On September 24. 2021 Executive Director Meg Lowman joined Host Greta Johnsen on a segment for the Nerdette Podcast on WBEZ Chicago where they discuss some of the topics from Lowman’s recent memoir The Arbornaut: A Life Discovering the Eighth Continent in the Trees Above Us.
Here are some details about the episode:
Did your parents ever tell you to knock off the TV binges and climb a tree? Same vibes this week: We take a screen break to chat with trailblazing canopy ecologist Meg Lowman about her memoir The Arbornaut. (You might remember when we had her on the show wayyyyy back!)
Here is a quick snippet of the episode:
Greta Johnsen: “What’s your advice to young people, little girls especially, who just can’t get enough of climbing trees?”
Meg Lowman: “I hope they are all climbing trees if they possibly can. I would advise girls on two things. One is to be bold and smart. I was always afraid to be the top student in the classroom, or get a 100 on a test because people then thought you were a ‘girl geek’ and that was not popular in my day. So I do think girls need to not be afraid to achieve and do the right thing. And secondly, I think girls need to support each other.”
Greta Johnsen: “Mhm!”
Meg Lowman: “I’ve watched guys go to the pub after work or play golf together to make the deal. And I think most of my female colleagues were rushing home to buy the groceries or help the kids with their homework. So I do think women need to help other women succeed. And the more that we can be a sisterhood, the better we can share our successes and our promotions, and our knowledge.”
Greta Johnsen: “I think that’s great advice for all of us, whether or not we’re kids really.”
To listen to the full episode, click here!