Reproduced from the National Library of Canada Web site ( with the Library's permission.

In a town near Although she was already very successful, more so than many a woman in the nineteenth century could hope for, she was still not satisfied. She wanted to do more. Well talking to an old family friend, Dr. Joseph Lancaster, she discovered homeopathic medicine. However it wasn't until much later until she did anything with her knowledge.

Soon after she met John Stowe. He lived in a town 8 km away where she attended church. He was a carriage maker that had come to Canada at the age of 13. In 1856 she left the teaching profession and they got married. She got married to John Stowe in 1856. She left the teaching profession to become a homemaker. They had 3 children together; Augusta, John and Frank.

Shortly afterwards her husband, John, developed a case of tuberculosis and was sent to a sanitorium. Emily was forced to begin teaching again just to make ends meet and her sister had to look after the children.

Compleled by her intrest in medicine and her hope for being able to care for her husband she sent in an aplication to the University of Toronto, which was promptly denied. She had the same results any other time she tried. After awhile she was forced to go to the United States and go to school at the Geneva Medical Collage in New York.

The male students had a vote and they allowed her into their class. In 1867 she graduated and moved back to Toronto to start her own practice. Even after coming back things still weren't easy for her. She had to pay a yearly fine of $100 for practising medicine without a licence. Eventually 3 years later she was admitted into the University of Toronto to get her Canadian degree. However she was still not able to get her licence because the University was trying to make her do extra parts of the exam that men didn't have to do.

It wasn't until 10 years after that when she got her licence and could legally practice medicine.

Emily Stowe died in 1903 but not until after seeing her daughter, Augusta, excepted into the Victoria University and become a doctor.