- b. April 15, 1943
Helen Jefferson Lenskyj was born in Sydney, Australia and moved to Toronto in 1966, where she obtained her BA, MA, and PhD in Sociology in Education at the University of Toronto. She was appointed an Associate Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in 1990, promoted to Full Professor in 1996, and became Professor Emerita upon her retirement in 2007. She works as a researcher, writer, public speaker, and community activist. She has published many books, papers, and journal and magazine articles, primarily on the topics of gender, sexuality, and politics in sport. In September 2009, she gave a talk about the negative impact of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games at the Whistler Public Library.