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Since the beginning of time women have been trying to define their place in societydemanding equality and justice Through legal and political battles various womens movementsmarches and protests this great task has been nearly accomplished In the latter part of the 18thcentury women were generally classified as delicate unintelligent creatures If the necessity arose fora women to be employed they were classified a lower poorer part of the population Women hadgreat struggle in gaining the education to obtain equal opportunities as the male population Manyfields of employment were strictly off limits for women One such was Medicine and the practice of For a woman to try and bridge the vast social and educational barriers that would arise on theattempt of applying for Medical school was atrocious There was although one woman whoconquered these barriers and pioneered the struggle for womens equality as Canadas first femaleEmily Stowe is a true Canadian heroine She received a good education and was trained tobe a teacher a profession at which she was very successful Despite her many achievements whichwere more than any nineteenth-century women could ever hope for Emily wanted moreEmily Howard Jennings was born on May 1 1831 in Norwich Ontario Emily was aincredibly intelligent young girl At the early age of 15 she obtained a position teaching schoolchildren In 1853 when she was 22 Emily took a six month course to become a qualified teacherand graduated in May 1854 Soon afterwards Emily achieved one of her many greataccomplishments by becoming the first woman principal in Canada In 1856 Emily was married to John Stowe and left the teaching profession to become a homemaker Through the years of 1857-1863 Emily and John had 3 children together Soon after the birth of their third child John becamedeathly ill and was diagnosed with tuberculosis This inspired Emily to seek a career in medicine She applied to the University of Toronto and was immediately refused entry on account of her
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