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.
A Second Chance
No Second Chances is back, and we’re taking the show on the road. Well, sort of. Join host Kate Graham for a (virtual) world tour, exploring what’s worked in countries around the world towards getting women into the top political roles. Hear stories and voices that you may not know yet -- but that we should all be paying attention to. Pack your bags. Our journey starts on January 10, 2022.
Happy New Year! Before we take off on our virtual world tour, let’s take some time to check in on the home front. On this episode of No Second Chances, host Kate Graham talks to Jacqueline O’Neill, Anjum Sultana, and Melanee Thomas to take stock of the past two years in Canadian politics, and how we can - and must - do better.
The No Second Chances world tour starts in Denmark, the land of smoorebrod, Borgen, and two female Prime Ministers. On this episode, host Kate Graham talks to political scientist Karina Kosiara-Pedersen, and former Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt about the systems and structures that have helped make Danish politics more accessible, representative, and inclusive.
This week on No Second Chances, we touch down in Taiwan. Host Kate Graham talks to the Director-General of New Taipei, Chingyu Yao; entrepreneur and investor, Elisa Chu; Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada's Christina Nakamura; and journalist turned politician Weiwei Chiang on Taiwan’s history, complexity, and how the nation’s first female president actually did get a second chance.
To see modern democracy in action, look no further than Chile. This week on No Second Chances, we’ve landed in South America. Host Kate Graham talks to Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Western University, Dr. Verónica Schild, as well as former President, and current United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet about Chilean politics, the country’s progressive new government, and its roots in a strong feminist movement.
This week on No Second Chances, we’re taking a look at a country led by one of the most well-known, and respected, female leaders out there. Welcome to New Zealand. Host Kate Graham explores lush landscapes and progressive politics with American-born New Zealand politician Julie Anne Genter, and High Commissioner to Australia, Dame Annette King, in the hopes of understanding how the country has managed to elect not one, not two, but three female prime ministers.
I can’t get enough of this podcast. It is so well done, I wish it could go on forever! There’s so much wisdom and tough truths to be found here. I keep coming back.
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.