There’s much to be said about May.
And I’ve said a lot of it over the past nine years.
Really, how many times can one post about May Day or Pluto?
World Stroke Month. National Military Appreciation Month. National Motorcycle Awareness Month,
Sturge-Weber Syndrome Awareness,
National Mental Health Awareness Month,
National Brain Cancer and Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Date Your Mate Month!
Foster Care Month, Older Americans Month.
National Barbecue Month. National Bike Month,
National Blood Pressure Month.
National Chocolate Custard Month,
National Chamber Music Month. National Egg Month
National Get Caught Reading Month, National Hamburger Month.
National Lyme Disease Awareness Month, National Mediterranean Diet Month, National Photograph Month, National Recommitment Month, National Salad Month.
National Salsa Month – dance or dish?
National Moving Month – shouldn’t ya wait til the kids are outta school?
National Strawberry Month, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, National Water Safety Month, Melanoma Awareness Month.
Are all celebrated in May!
Really, there’s just much to talk about, and none of those interest me today.
Well, the hamburger thing is rather intriguing. I’m a big hamburger fan.
Today is also the birth date of Emily Howard Jennings Stowe.
She doesn’t ring a bell with many of us in the US of A, but in Canada, she’s a pretty big deal.
She was the first female doctor to practice in Canada and was an activist for women’s rights and suffrage.
She helped to start the women’s suffrage movement in Canada and campaigned for the country’s first medical college for women.
Encouraged to educate herself by her Quaker mother, she went to a co-ed Quaker school in Rhode Island,
She was denied admission to Victoria College in Cobourg, Ontario because she was female. Not one to give UP, she applied to the Normal School for Upper Canada, enrolled there in 1853 and graduated with first class honors.
She was promptly hired as a principal in Ontario, the first woman to be a public school principal.
She taught there until she married in 1854, at which time she was forced to quit her job due to the Canadian Marriage Bar, which was a custom, not a law, practiced by most if not all Canadian businesses and institutions.
Married women could not work out side of the home!
The Toronto School of Medicine said a big fat no when she applied there in 1865. The principal said, “The doors of the University are not open to women and I trust they never will be.”
Again, not giving UP, she headed to New York Medical College for Women, a homeopathic school, finished UP there, came home to Canada and opened a practice in Toronto.
She lectured on women’s health and maintained a steady clientele.
In 1870, the president of the Toronto School of Medicine granted special permission to Stowe and a fellow student, Jennie Kidd Trout to attend classes.
All the boy doctors were pissed.
In fact they made it so difficult, Stowe left the school.
In 1880, figuring she knew as much as anyone else, the College of Physicians and Surgeons granted her a license to practice medicine. He based it on her 30 years of experience.
Hey, a gal’s gotta earn it, right?
She went on to fight for women’s rights, suffrage, and encouraged women to excel. She was so good at it, her daughter; Augusta Stowe-Gullen was the first woman to earn a medical degree in Canada.
So, happy May Day? Nah, Happy Emily Stone Day!