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The First Fight for Suffrage

Emily Howard Jennings Stowe, remembered mainly as a tireless advocate for women’s suffrage and education, was also the first woman to have a medical practice in Canada. After her initial request to attend classes in chemistry and physiology at the University of Toronto in 1865 was denied,

Stowe wrote an objection letter to the vice-president of the university stating that “These university doors will open some day to women.”

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Breaking the Ice on Women's History
by Penni Mitchell

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Pussies Against Feminism
by Lyn Cockburn

They’re mostly well-educated, young and female, and they want us to know that they don’t need feminism.

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Is Sexism Growing in Europe?
by Joanna Chiu

A few months ago, I quit my newspaper job and spent the summer backpacking around Europe. As I traversed the continent, taking in its grand architecture, crystal-clear coastlines and delicious fresh food, there were constant reminders that my...

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Recommended Reading
by Fabulous Historians + Activists

We didn’t have room for all of the books we wanted to recommend on women’s history in our latest special issue on Women Who Changed Canada, so here are some more! (There's a PDF of these books attached at the end of this post if...