ZORA
Celebrating and centering the experiences of women of color.

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The fear of traveling in my body made the world seem small, until I did it anyway

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I’m a workaholic. Until recently, I had never taken a vacation as an adult. During graduate school and the first few years of teaching, I couldn’t afford a vacation. I had no one to go on a vacation with. And then it seemed like an unnecessary extravagance when there was…

I realize now that it’s my responsibility to present my authentic self to others

Illustration: Vrinda Zaveri
While I was home for Thanksgiving break, I wanted to ask the most important woman in my life: how do you pronounce my name?

MyMy name is Shruti; it’s pronounced [shru-thī], not [shroo-tee]. As a Sanskrit word, “Shruti” originates from the Vedas found in Hinduism meaning “lyrics” or “that which…

The will said the piano was hers, but her cousin’s widower said no. So she went to court to win her inheritance.

Illustration: Sophia Zarders

I stood before the judge representing myself in a Chicago court in 2001.

My cousin Roberta died two years prior. An accomplished contralto classical singer, she traveled the world and collected furs, fine China, rugs, and jewelry. She cooked goose, made waffles from scratch, and held close a sweet potato…

ZORA

Celebrating and centering the experiences of women of color.

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