She Dared to Succeed
A Biography of the Honourable Marie-P. Charette-Poulin
Biography and memoirs
Imprint: University of Ottawa Press
The relationship between achievement and service is a complicated one. This is particularly true for women.
Women are generally (but not always) recognized for what they provide others as mothers, wives, nurses, and teachers, for example, but recognition for the many contributions they make in other roles—as lawyers, doctors, scientists, musicians, businesspeople, artists, politicians, academics, etc.—is extended far less frequently. The personal achievements of women are celebrated and rewarded far less commonly than are those of men.
And the women who accomplish great things are often stigmatized for their success.
The story of Canadian Senator Marie-Paule Charette-Poulin’s is a complicated tale of achievement and service. She served as a social worker, pioneering radio programmer, media executive, President of the Liberal Party of Canada, lawyer, and parliamentarian in the Senate of Canada. She sat on the board of several corporations, organizations, and not-for-profits. In all these roles, she accomplished something truly extraordinary: great personal achievement through public service.
It has not been easy, though. As a single mother in the early 1970s, she was shunned. As a working woman she encountered gender discrimination, sexual harassment, mockery, shaming and intimidation. As a senator she faced the painful public trial of a politically motivated investigation. Throughout, she persevered, and her legacy of actions and initiatives continues to benefit many.
Chapter 1: Deep Roots
Chapter 2 Growing Up in Sudbury
Chapter 3: University Life: A Tale in Three Parts
Chapter 4: A Single Mother Returns to Canada
Chapter 5: The CBC: Reclaiming a Life
Chapter 6: Bernard and Family Life
Chapter 7: CBON (C’EST BON): The Birth of Public French Radio in Northern Ontario
Chapter 8: Going Home
Chapter 9: The NABET Strike
Chapter 10: Head Office
Chapter 11: VP Human Resources and Labour Relations
Chapter 12: Life after the CBC
Chapter 13: Called to The Senate
Chapter 14: Work and Life in the Senate
Chapter 15: A Franco-Ontarian Fights for Canada
Chapter 16: The Law
Chapter 17: President of the Party
Chapter 18: The Inquisition
Chapter 19: Enter the Auditor General
Chapter 20: The Aftermath, Fallout and Reaction
Chapter 21: Elaine and Valerie
Chapter 22: A Busy Post-Senate Life
List of People Interviewed