Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Jessica Platt
Professional hockey player
Since she was a child, Jessica Platt has known that she was meant to be a woman. Yet it wasn’t until January of this year that the professional hockey player decided it was time to be fully open with the world, despite fears of judgement, criticism, and harassment. On January 10, 2018, Platt announced via her Instagram account (@jplatt32) that she is a transgender woman. With the full support of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, the CWHL Players Association, and the team she plays for, the Toronto Furies, she is the first openly transgender woman in history to play in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, and one of only a few anywhere within elite female sports.