Dr. Jill Andrew, MPP (Toronto—St. Paul's)
NDP Critic, Culture and Women's Issues
Dr. Jill Andrew, PhD is the MPP for Toronto-St.Paul's, the NDP Culture Critic and the Women's Issues Critic for the Official Opposition. Jill is the first Black and Queer person to be elected to the Ontario Legislature and reportedly in Canada. Most recently, Jill was named Best MPP - First Runner Up by NOW Magazine Reader's Choice Awards - an exciting acknowledgement for a rookie MPP. Jill is also a member of the ONDP Ontario Black Caucus a first of it's kind in the province. Outside of politics, Jill is also co-founder of Body Confidence Canada and is an award-winning educator, equity and body-image advocate, speaker and writer.
As the co-founder of #SizeismSUCKS and Body Confidence Awareness Week, Jill advocates to end size and appearance-based discrimination, harassment and bullying. Her first Private Member's Bill 61 which has successfully gone past second reading in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario is advocating for the establishment of an Eating Disorders Awareness Week the first week of February across Ontario. Jill's co-edited anthology: Body Stories: In and Out and With and Through Fat will be published in 2020 by Demeter Press.
She holds a Child & Youth Worker diploma from Humber College, a Master’s degree in women and gender studies from the University of Toronto New College and her PhD from York University’s Faculty of Education. Jill's dissertation explored the trifecta of racism, sexism and fat hatred experienced by Black women in the GTA, their strategies of both accommodation and resistance as well as everyday, systemic and policy reform necessary to facilitate change.
She is a community co-owner of Glad Day Bookshop – the world’s oldest LGBT bookstore and has been an avid volunteer and donor supporting organizations across the GTA that prioritize Black and racialized communities, youth, women's, the arts, LGBTQ2+ communities and chronic health advocacy among others.
Jill is also a graduate of the Women Win TO political training series and in her own words is simply a Black, Fat, Queer, Feline-Loving Feminist passionate about documenting, celebrating and advocating for people's rights to their own bodies and their right to self-definition and self-valuation. Jill is excited to join this years lineup. Follow Jill at twitter or instagram @JillsLastWord Hashtag #ToStPauls on Facebook MPP Jill Andrew Toronto-St.Paul's.