No Second Chances

  • Pages:232
  • Publisher:Second Story Press
  • Series: A Feminist History Society Book
  • Themes:women leaders, Canadian history, feminism in Canada, women prime ministers
  • Available:05/03/2022

As of September 2021, only thirteen women had reached Canada’s top political posts: elected or appointed provincial premier or prime minister. They have represented three major political parties and served across provinces and territories from coast to coast to coast. But, as professor and provincial candidate Kate Graham discovered, there are concerning similarities in their stories: women tend to reach the top only in challenging political circumstances; they last in the top job for about half as long as men do; and, when they run for re-election, they lose.

No Second Chances shares the stories of the rise and fall of women in Canada’s most senior political roles and examines the obstacles that prevent more women from reaching for and achieving these goals. Based on interviews conducted for the Canada 2020 No Second Chances podcast, Graham provides readers with a rare glimpse into the lives of female political leaders, from the perspectives of the women who know this story best.

“If you’ve ever wondered why women are so underrepresented in Canadian political leadership, Kate Graham has the answers. In this fascinating book, Graham goes right to the source – Canada’s groundbreaking female politicians – to understand a critical problem, and discovers how we can fix it.”

– —Elizabeth Renzetti, Globe and Mail columnist and author of Shrewed

"No Second Chances shows that true equality can’t be measured just by women getting the big jobs, but by keeping them too."

– Susan Delacourt, author of Shopping for Votes

"An important overview of how difficult the glass ceiling remains for women in politics… With the help of Graham’s book, women will be able to read about women in these roles — and perhaps get a better idea of why they should run."

– Winnipeg Free Press

“Kate Graham’s recent collection of interviews provides a rare opportunity to hear from twelve exceptional politicians first-hand.…As such, it makes a significant contribution to the historical record."

– Literary Review of Canada

"These interviews are candid and revealing... No Second Chances is an informative, valuable book in the political science canon in Canada. A worthy project and read, this will be a great source for many years to come."

– The Miramichi Reader