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Dr. Emily Howard Stowe
Date of issue of stamp:
March 4, 1981
Designed by: Dennis Goddard, based on a painting by Muriel Wood

The stamp shows the portrait of Dr. Stowe along with a vignette which is symbolic of her work as a feminist as well as that of a medical doctor. The background image is the Toronto General Hospital.

6,162,000 copies of the stamp were printed by Canadian Bank Note Co. Ltd.


© Canada Post Corporation
Reproduced with permission
Dr. Emily Howard Stowe (née Jennings). Born Norwich, Upper Canada (Ontario) May 1, 1831. Died April 30, 1903.  A life long champion of women’s rights, she began her working career as a teacher at the age of fifteen. She would go on to become the first woman principal of a Canadian school. After marriage and three children, she decided to study medicine, but with no Canadian institution allowing women to study medicine, she was forced to study in the United States. She became the first Canadian woman to practice medicine in Canada. It was she who organized the Women’s Medical College in Toronto in 1883. A vigorous advocate of votes for women, and equality for women,  she founded, and was the first president of, the Dominion Women’s Enfranchisement Association in 1889. Suggested reading: Emily Stowe by Janet Ray. (Toronto : Fitzhenry and Whiteside Ltd., 1978 ISBN 088902364) 100 years of Medicine, 1849-1949 by Janet Ray. (Saskatoon : Modern Press, 1949. ; The Indomitable lady doctors by Carlotta Hacker (Toronto/Vancouver: Clarke, Irwin & Co., 1974.