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Political Science Women In Politics

No Second Chances

Women and Political Power in Canada

by (author) Kate Graham

Second Story Press
Initial publish date
May 2022
Women in Politics, Canadian, Feminism & Feminist Theory
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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.

About the author

Kate Graham researches, writes, speaks and teaches about politics in Canada. She holds a PhD in Political Science and teaches in the Political Science Departments at Western and Huron University College. Kate is the creator and host of No Second Chances (, a Canada 2020 podcast about the rise and fall of women in Canada’s most senior political roles – a project which inspired her own political pursuits, and this book. It also inspired her 2021 book for young readers, Govern Like a Girl, and the related virtual book tour which enabled Kate to speak with thousands of students across Canada.

Kate lives with her partner Jesse and daughter Flora in London, Ontario.


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Editorial Reviews

“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

"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

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