City to honour Canada’s first practicing female doctor

Dr. Emily Stowe founded the precursor to the Women's College Hospital on Grenville street. Women's College Hospital / Twitter

TORONTO – Elizabeth Street is taking on a new name Wednesday as the city pays tribute to the first woman to practice medicine in Canada.

A portion of the street which runs from College Street to Dundas Avenue will be renamed to Dr. Emily Stowe Way with an official unveiling scheduled for Wednesday.

Among those attending the ceremony are members of the Stowe family, councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and Women’s College Hospital CEO Marilyn Emery.

Stowe, who died in 1903, was a prominent figure in Canada’s movement for women’s suffrage, campaigning for better working conditions and the acceptance of women into higher education.

Her daughter, Augusta Stowe-Gullen, became the first Canadian woman to earn a degree in medicine.

Stowe founded the Woman’s Medical College, a precursor to the Women’s College Hospital, which opened a new building in May.

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