Stowe, Dr. Emily National Historic Person

Toronto, Ontario
Stowe, Dr. Emily © Parks Canada
Stowe, Dr. Emily
© Parks Canada
Black and white studio portrait of Emily Stowe. © Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections // Archives et collections spéciales de l'Université Wilfrid LaurierStowe, Dr. Emily © Parks Canada
Address : 76 Grenville Street, Toronto, Ontario

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1995-07-06
Life Date: 1831 to 1903

Other Name(s):
  • Stowe, Dr. Emily  (Designation Name)
Research Report Number: 1995-023

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


Existing 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.