About Zoya Patel

Zoya Patel is the award-winning author of No Country Woman, a memoir of race, religion and feminism. She is also the founder of feminist literary organisation, Feminartsy. Zoya has won numerous awards for her writing and editing, and has been published widely, including in the Australian Financial Review, ABC, SBS, Junkee, Overland, Meanjin, Sydney Morning Herald and more. She is a 2019 judge for the Stella Prize, and is the inaugural ACT Stella Schools Ambassador.

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Should your workplace have any say in what you wear?
As the days get cooler and shorter, some might be welcoming the return to winter fashions - the chance to bundle up in coats and jumpers, warm boots and scarves to protect you against the Canberra chill. Indeed, it's probably good timing for the HR team at the Department of Home Affairs, who were in the news last week after...
Self-improvement is a myth we should all bust for good
There are two ways one can choose to view the new year: as an opportunity for change and growth, resetting the sins and failures of the prior year with optimism for the future; or as another depressing reminder of the endless march of time, which does nothing but reinforce our human inability to better ourselves. Just as a puppy is...
Are Millennial ‘snowflakes’ so aggravating because they’re pretentious, or because they’re right?
It'll come as no surprise to my regular readers here that I'm often called a 'snowflake'. In fact, some of you have probably called me a whiny millennial snowflake who's too sensitive and pretentious on this very site. But lately I've been contemplating why it is that the character traits that typify being a 'snowflake' are considered so aggravating when...