Dr. Emily Stowe National Historic Person (1831-1903)

Dr. Emily Stowe was designated a national historic person in July 1995.

Historical importance: First female practising doctor in Canada; organizer of women's medical college and suffrage leader.

Commemorative plaque: 76 Grenville Street, Toronto, Ontario

Emily Stowe's crusade for female suffrage and higher education for women placed her in the vanguard of the women's rights movement in Canada. Denied access to university in this country because of her gender, she studied medicine in New York City, then moved to Toronto where, in 1867, she opened the first private practice in Canada run by a woman doctor. In 1883 Dr. Stowe spearheaded the drive to found Woman's Medical College in Toronto. Her leadership of the Dominion Women's Enfranchisement Association kept the issue of suffrage in the public eye during the closing years of the 19th century.

Portrait of Emily Stowe
Portrait by Herbert E. Simpson
© Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections
Commemorative plaque for Dr. Emily Stowe National Historic Person
Commemorative plaque for Dr. Emily Stowe National Historic Person
© Parks Canada

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