Director of Advocacy
Helen Joyce became a staff journalist at The Economist in 2005. She held several senior positions on the paper, including Britain editor, Finance editor and International editor. She has a PhD in mathematics from University College London, two sons and an active Twitter account: @HJoyceGender. Before studying mathematics, she trained as a dancer. In April 2022 she took a leave of absence from The Economist to work for Sex Matters as Director of Advocacy.
She is the author of Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality, which was named as one of the books of the year in 2021 by the Observer, Spectator and Times. It analyses the recent trend towards sidelining biological sex in favour of self-declared “gender identity”. The Sunday Times praised it as a “searing and at times devastating analysis”, and the New York Times as an “intelligent, thorough rejoinder to an idea that has swept across much of the liberal world seemingly overnight”.