|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.