Yassmin Abdel-Magied


Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical engineer, social advocate, writer and petrol head, and was the 2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year. She advocates for the empowerment of youth, women and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and founded the not-for-profit organisation Youth Without Borders at age sixteen.


To the moon

MemoirI’D LIKE TO believe that I wasn’t jumping on the bandwagon. But don’t we all tell ourselves little white lies to keep our self-worth intact? It was November 2017. I was jolted awake by the rousing sound of a deliciously...

A little too close to the sun

MemoirWhen this essay was reprinted on The Guardian website on 6 July 2017, the writer added the short introduction below in order to give the piece context. We've reproduced it here in order to illustrate the extremity of her...

On the rigs

Memoir'YOU'RE WORKING ON the rigs?' one of the drillers from my camp asked, his voice heavy with surprise. 'We assumed you were just with the camp. Respect hey, that's awesome, we love having chicks actually on the rigs.' Another chimed...

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