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Emily Howard Jennings Stowe, M.D. 1831-1903

Emily Howard Jennings Stowe, M.D. 1831-1903

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2004

Emily Howard Jennings Stowe, M.D. 1831-1903

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted November, 2010

Emily Howard Jennings Stowe, M.D. 1831-1903

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Plaque Location

The County of Oxford
The Township of Norwich
In Norwich, in front of the archives
on the west side of Road 59 at the northern end of town
north of North Street

Coordinates: N 42 59.721 W 80 35.987


Plaque Text

The first female physician to practise medicine in Canada, Emily Jennings was born in Norwich Township to Quaker parents. For some years she taught school, then, in the early 1860's, she decided to pursue a career in medicine. Refused admission to an exclusively male institution in Toronto, Stowe enrolled in the New York Medical College for Women. She received her degree in 1867 and, returning to Canada, established a successful practice in Toronto. A passionate advocate for social reform, Stowe campaigned vigorously for increased educational opportunities for women, effectively challenging the right of Canadian universities and medical schools to exclude female students. As first president of the Dominion Women's Enfranchisement Association (1889-1903), she also contributed significantly for the advancement of women's voting rights.

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Dr. Augusta Stowe Gullen
Dr. Jenny Trout (1841-1921)

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Dr. Emily Stowe 1831-1903


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Here are the visitors' comments for this page.

> Posted March 5, 2009
There's much more at Library and Archives Canada or Canadian Encyclopedia online. Actually the resources are endless on Dr. Emily Stowe. I'm sure there's more on her upbringing but I've been researching her roles in Woman's suffrage more. Good luck.

> Posted March 1, 2009
What about her parents? I'm studying about her but I need to know about her mother and dad.

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