A Year of Canadian History – April

Welcome to the fourth instalment of my year-long blogging project celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday.  Each month, I am choosing something (or someone) new to learn about relating to Canada around the time of Confederation (1867).  In January, I looked at how Canada looked like from a geographical perspective in 1867 (much smaller than today).  Then, I researched the first (Isabella) and second (Agnes) wives of Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald.


The subject of today’s post is Dr Emily Howard Stowe, the first woman to practice medicine in Canada and an important women’s right’s advocate.  Dr Stowe had a life filled with remarkable achievements:

emily howard stowe

After this, Dr. Emily Stowe founded the Dominion Women’s Enfranchisement Association in 1889 to fight to allow women to vote. She became its first president and held the position until her death in 1903.

There are so many firsts in this remarkable woman’s life, she is truly inspirational! Do you want to learn more?  You can get started at the following websites that I used to prepare this post:

Library and Archives, Canada

The Canadian Encyclopedia

Women’s College Hospital

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