Jane Ledwell is the current executive director and past researcher/policy analyst of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women, where she began work in 2004. Since 2008, she has led the Equality Report Card project to assess the provincial government’s progress towards gender equality markers. The Council also leads the annual PEI Purple Ribbon Campaign against violence against women and hosts the annual Montreal Massacre Memorial Service. Through her work, Jane is also a member of the Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention and City of Charlottetown Mayor’s Purple Ribbon Task Force on Family Violence Prevention. Outside her full-time work, Jane is also a writer, poet, and editor. She previously worked at the Institute of Island Studies and English department at the University of Prince Edward Island. She is a graduate of Mt. Allison University in Canada and University of Waikato in New Zealand, and holds a certificate in conflict resolution from UPEI. She has co-edited two academic books, L.M. Montgomery and War (MQUP, 2017) and Anne around the World (MQUP, 2013) and has produced two books of poetry, Last Tomato (Acorn Press, 2005) and Bird Calls (Island Studies Press, 2016). She is a past recipient of the award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts in PEI. She is a parent of two children, Anna and Sam, with her partner, visual artist Stephen MacInnis. They live in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.