Frank, fearless, funny, articulate and inspiring, Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a dynamo - a young Muslim dynamo offering a bracing breath of fresh air...and hope.
At 21 Yassmin found herself working on a remote Australian oil and gas rig; she was the only woman and certainly the only Sudanese-Egyptian-Australian-with-some-Turkish-and-Moroccan-background Muslim woman. With her hijab quickly christened a 'tea cosy', there could not be a more unlikely place on Earth for a young Muslim woman to want to be. This is the story of how she got there, where she is going, and how she wants the world to change.
Born in the Sudan, Yassmin and her parents moved to Brisbane when she was two, and she has been tackling barriers ever since. At 16 she founded Youth Without Borders, an organisation focused on helping young people to work for positive change in their communities. In 2007 she was named Young Australian Muslim of the Year and in 2010 Young Queenslander of the Year.
In 2011 Yassmin graduated with a bachelor of mechanical engineering (first class honours), and in 2012 she was named Young Leader of the Year in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac's inaugural 100 Women of Influence Awards as well as an InStyle cultural leader and a Marie Claire woman of the future.
©2016 Yassmin Abdel-Magied (P)2016 Bolinda
This is a great listen. Yassmin narrates the audiobook herself and adds so much character to her story. She is an incredibly inspiring person and has given me much to think about in my life goals, personal opinions and prejudices. I hope this book makes its way on to school reading lists to help students broaden their perspectives, challenge the status quo in terms of religion and gender equality, and inspire them to think passionately about what they want to do in their life, and what they can achieve at any age.
The voice of the narrator was very annoying and the story a little immature and self indulgent.
That aside Yassmin does make some valid points.
It would be interesting to hear more of her point of view in her life when she is older and if she decides has a family.
I think then her opinions would be more worldy and considered.
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