Throughout history, only 12 women have served as First Minister in Canada.
Put another way: there have been more than three times as many First Ministers named ‘John,’ than there have been women.
No Second Chances explores the experiences of women in politics through the lens of Canada's 12 female first ministers and their rise and fall from power.
A Canada 2020 Special Project.
Part 1: The Problem
In this episode, host Kate Graham looks at the experiences of women in politics - then and now. To set the scene, she speaks with: veteran journalists Robert Fife and Susan Delacourt, former federal Conservative Party interim leader Rona Ambrose, current Green Party leader Elizabeth May, and University of Toronto Professor Dr. Sylvia Bashevkin.
Part 2: Raising Leaders
We start where all good stories do: the beginning. In this episode, host Kate Graham speaks with Canada's 12 female first ministers about their childhoods, whether politics was a lifelong dream, and who shaped them along the way.
Part 3: Making A Run For It
A journey of a thousand miles (well, kilometers in Canada) begins with a single step. That’s true for the 12 women who would become Canada’s sole female first ministers. Find out what led them to take that first big step and run for public office.
Part 4: And So It Begins
Election night came and went, and the twelve women have all been elected for the first time. Find out more about the experiences they faced as rookie politicians: what hurdles did they confront, who supported them, and what surprised them about those early days?
Last Woman Standing: an Alberta Election Special
In this episode, we take a break from our series on Canada’s female first ministers for a special discussion focused on the 2019 Alberta general election. Premier Rachel Notley is quite literally the last woman standing when it comes to Canada’s female First Ministers, and the election outcome will be historic, one way or another.
Part 5: Stepping Into The Ring
Running in a leadership race isn’t for the faint of heart. There are upsides, like working to make a difference in the lives of constituents, and there are downsides, like opening yourself up to fierce criticism. What compelled these twelve women to take the leap? What was the experience like?
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A Thoughtful Discussion of an Important Topic
I can’t recommend this enough! Canadians often want to hold themselves above the US for their women in politics but the Canadian women in politics still face the same barriers. I look forward to hearing more and more from this podcast.
Update: I listened to every episode of this podcast weekly and loved every minute. It was perfectly done, in my opinion as a listener. It made me feel like maybe I should be a woman in politics and maybe I should find women around me to be in politics. This podcast is a must listen for every Canadian voter.
Should just be titled narcissism
Because it’s all about her.
I really, really enjoyed this podcast.
It was sooo illuminating and may have actually encouraged me to get more involved in my community.
I always just thought I would leave it up to everyone else... thinking everyone else was more qualified. They comment about it just being a ‘scale’ really hit me. I don’t run a household, and I do an amazing job of it, why not share it?