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Helen Jefferson Lenskyj was born in Sydeny, Australia and moved to Toronto, Canada 1966. From 1972 to 1983, she completed her BA, MA, and Ph.D. at the University of Toronto. In 1986, she began teaching part-time at the University of Toronto. In 1990, she was appointed Associate Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (O.I.S.E.), at the University of Toronto. Between 1986 and 2007, she was Professor of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She was also involved with the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education (CWSE) at the University, mostly with the subcommittee that she coordinated, which investigated a free-standing women’s studies program.
Helen is currently Professor Emerita of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Since the 1970s, she has been involved in several community activist groups, including the Feminist Party of Canada (F.P.C.). She continues to work as a researcher, writer, public speaker and community activist. She has published books and numerous book chapters, journal and magazine articles on women, sport, sexuality, and the Olympic industry.