Emily Stowe: The Oppression Of Canadian Women

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Throughout the course of history the general consensus has been that Canada was created primarily by men. Canadian women have often been forgotten, despite their vital contributions to the country’s education, economic, and social development. As a country, Canada has come a long way from the mindset that there were “no public advantages to be gained by” women holding jobs that would dare “offend the natural modesty of her sex” (Canada Law Journal [CLJ], 1896, p. 758) that were held previously. In this day and age, most women no longer have to deal with the constant oppression of the past; however, it is still important to acknowledge the impact of the females who did have to undergo said oppression. Furthermore, during the 1800s, women held …show more content…
Emily Stowe was one of the pioneer female doctors of the country. She was rejected entrance to Victoria College due to her gender, but later proved proficient by graduating with first-class honours at Normal School for Upper Canada. Similarly, she was also denied entrance to study medicine at the Toronto School of Medicine which forced her to turn to studying within the United States. She later went on to garnering much attention in her public lectures on women’s health and suffrage. In addition, an identical case was presented by Clara Brett Martin who was denied the right to study law by the Law Society of Upper Canada. Upon much determination and with the help of many others, Martin was able to convince the society to allow women to study to the level of solicitor. Along with the furthering of female education came the introduction of women in the work …show more content…
A famous African-American woman, Harriet Tubman, sought out Canada in the pursuit of freedom. She helped bring over 700 slaves from the United States. Even with her life at risk, she bravely put her own life at risk for the freedom of the oppressed. At the peak of her career as a conductor of the Underground Railroad, plantation owners put a bounty of $40,000 for her death. Even then, Tubman was never captured and remains one of the greatest Canadian African-American female inspirations to this

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