The exceptional story of the politician Flora Isabel MacDonald, who inspired Canadian women by breaking down gender barriers in a world of men. Flora Isabel MacDonald – politician, humanitarian, adventurer, and role model for a generation of women – was known across Canada and beyond simply as Flora.
In her memoir, co-authored by award-winning journalist and author Geoffrey Stevens, she tells her personal story for the very first time.
Flora MacDonald was Canada’s first female foreign minister, and among the first women to seek the leadership of a major political party. She served in the cabinets of Joe Clark and Brian Mulroney, and was perhaps the most successful female politician of her day.
Geoffrey Stevens is a Canadian journalist, author and educator, and was a longtime Ottawa columnist for The Globe and Mail and later became the paper's managing editor. He also served in the same position at Maclean's magazine.
He has authored books on Canadian politics, but rose to greater national fame with his 2003 biography of noted Progressive Conservative organizer Dalton Camp, entitled, The Player: The Life and Times of Dalton Camp. Stevens was awarded the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize by the Writers' Trust of Canada for The Player in 2004.
Stevens currently lives in Cambridge, Ontario where he is a weekly columnist for The Record of Waterloo Region and the Guelph Mercury while also teaching political science courses at the University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University. He also writes for Canadian online media site rabble.ca. In June 2007, Stevens was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by Laurier for his "unique and outstanding lifelong contribution to political reporting and public discourse across Canada."