Rosemarie Milsom Jessica Rowe has endured a challenging childhood, personal setbacks and public humiliation. But she won't be kept down.
Benjamin Law I left my first day at the American Museum of Natural History with a grin on my face. But I also felt weirdly melancholy.
Carly Findlay "I learnt there was a wider world out there - and people were nicer than I'd experienced at school," writes Carly Findlay.
Maeve Marsden A shot at $250,000 and overnight fame isn't as lucrative as it seems.
Jo Hartley Jo Hartley can identify with Modern Family actress Ariel Winter's decision to have breast reduction surgery.
It gets better
Benjamin Law "My 'youth' years were my ugliest, an era in which I'd scan every room I entered and ask myself whether I had the worst acne in the room."
Julie Stevens* To see the grey area in drug addiction can be overwhelming. But that is what I ask here.
The joy of ageing
Dominique Browning This line is about to become my personal mantra, writes Dominique Browning.
Louisa Pritchard Louisa Pritchard is full of admiration that Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan have helped to break the taboo surrounding the loss of a baby.
Jennifer Klinec "In Iran, there are women for fun and women for marriage. I was not in the latter category."
Claire Cohen When it comes to family hierarchy, we all have our set roles. Which is why I'd gladly change places with any younger sister.
Ruth Skilbeck Dissociative fugue is a rare psychological condition that causes people to forget who they are, their past life, where they come from, and their family.
Amy Middleton *From someone who's been there.
Jamie Brickhouse I was a proud gay man, but I hid a terrible shame. I came out slowly until I could do the unthinkable: Tell my dad.
Elizabeth King After almost four years of estrangement, I've let my older sister back into my life again.
Kasey Edwards A new study reveals the psychology behind the domestic work divide.
Carly Findlay Growing up, Lilith Black was the face of a large disability organisation. But the experience was ultimately damaging.
Hoa Pham "I have had two postnatal psychotic episodes. The first when my eldest child was six weeks old. And another after my second child was born."
Helene Young Helene Young has given up flying, but her heart still soars at the memory of her days as a pilot.
Best Friends Forever
Robyn Doreian and Erin O'Dwyer Why do some friendships endure? Robyn Doreian and Erin O'Dwyer talk to BFFs who have gone the distance.
Clem Bastow How the answer affects your happiness and self-worth.
Maeve Marsden "People are so conditioned to equate 'fat' with 'bad', they can't tell a woman she looks good without providing size-based commentary," writes Maeve Marsden.
Maeve Marsden Maeve Marsden won't be watching the Matildas on Saturday, but when it comes to actually playing sport, she's an evangelist.
Janice Fuller-Roberts Understanding the mindset of a victim of domestic violence is almost impossible to do. Unless, like this writer, you’ve been one.
Carly Findlay Carly Findlay: "You've inspired me to think about disability and genetics and the value of a life."
Beck Eleven Naomi Jacobs, 32, woke up one morning thinking she was 15. And she'd forgotten her son.
Benjamin Law While my clumsiness can come across as hilarious, it can actually hurt those around me.
Keira Baker The best thing about not being a "screenager" is that I don't have an online persona to keep up.
Catherine Rodie Meet three women who transformed their lives after the milestone of turning 40.
Kate Doak Although awareness and acceptance is growing, transgender women like Kate Doak remain under immense pressure to pass the appearance test.
Daniel Flitton Domestic violence is almost a uniform experience in families where Indigenous children are removed from their families.
Sarah Whyte Walls might not talk, but the objects we adorn them with are a window on our personalities.
Kristin U. There's just one little word we use to undermine ourselves.
Mia Timpano Even after we grow up, navigating friendships can be a political minefield.
A Shared Body
Katie Racine These aren't my hips, breasts, calves, skin, or hair. They don't tell my story.
Benjamin Law It's not a coincidence that I stopped partying around the time my friends started having babies, writes Ben Law.
Lindsay Nicholson It's only when you confront imminent mortality that you appreciate the blessings of an ordinary day at the office.
Benjamin Law My body may be young, but my soul is that of an irritated pensioner named Beryl.
Jo Stanley No matter how happy we might be, it's impossible to summarise our life into a tidy top-three achievements.
Jane Rocca Turning 60 does not have to mean joining the sensible shoes and slacks brigade. Meet three women who walk on the wild side.
Adele Levine As the non-biological one of two mums, Adele Levine will take any praise she gets (even a Father's Day card).
Pip Lincolne Pip Lincolne is never happier than when she's making something from nothing.
Amanda Hooton It's nice to have friends who can convince you there's still time to become rich and famous.
Benjamin Law There are all sorts of names for people like me: an Australian child of migrants who can't speak his parents' language.
Kasey Edwards Yes, we're talking about the same Spanx that makes body-shaping underwear for hiding women's lumps.
Nelly Thomas Telling fat people we're ugly and toxic isn't going to suddenly make us want to slim down.
Jenna Price if you get to 26 and both your parents are dead, you will spend a lot of time worrying about your own life expectancy.
Living with narcolepsy
Alanna Kellam My life differs in often silent but profound ways from my peers. I live a part-time life.
Latika Bourke Journalist Latika Bourke writes about the teenage Indian mother she never knew.
Kate Doak A few months ago, a shiver went down my spine. It was a feeling that, as a young transgender woman, I never thought I'd experience again.
Natalie Reilly It seems to me that all a girl has to do is call shit out and look plain doing it to be considered hateful.
Diane Thomas I was a "universal reactor" – allergic or sensitive to everything on earth except porcelain, glass and steel.
Amanda Hooton "The inside of the dress seemed to be ominously scratchy. And scratchiness to a child is sartorial death."
Benjamin Law I don't have time for people who snicker at bad English while getting tattoos in foreign languages they can't even read.
Cathryn Hein Starting your life from scratch means losing a lot. But you can also lead to profound gains in unanticipated ways.
Clementine Ford I like the company of women. Given a choice, I probably value it more than the company of men.
Kellie C. Murphy "We didn't need you to feel sorry for us. We never pitied her, and we never pitied ourselves."
Joel Meares Everyone’s journey out of the closet is different, and it’s important to hear – and welcome – all of them.
Kasey Edwards It’s arrogant to assume you know a friend better than they know themselves, so leave the therapy to the experts.