Celebrating female trailblazers in medicine on International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, and as part of The Canadian Medical Association’s 150th anniversary in 2017, they are marking this important occasion by sharing the stories of female trailblazers who had a tremendous impact on the medical profession. It is their hope that these pioneers of the medical profession and women’s rights will inspire you to “be bold for change.”

In honour of International Women’s Day and to commemorate its 150th anniversary, the Canadian Medical Association will share a story of a female physician who contributed to the advancement of women in medicine each hour starting today at 6am. These stories will appear on both Twitter and Facebook and can be viewed on The Canadian Medical Association’s website here.

The stories range from Dr. James Miranda Stuart Barry (1795-1865), who practiced medicine as a male in Montreal but was later discovered to be a female, to Dr. Emily Howard Stowe who struggled to enter the medical profession in the 1800s, but eventually became the first Canadian woman to practice medicine in Canada.

More recent examples will include Dr. Roberta Bondar who became the first Canadian female astronaut and first neurologist in space, as well as Dr. Julielynn Wong who is radically advancing health care delivery by using 3D printing technology.

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is “Be Bold for Change”, calling on everyone to “help forge a better working world – a more inclusive, gender equal world”.

For 150 years, only the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has united the broad expertise of the medical community for the benefit and well-being of all Canadians. The CMA currently represents over 85,000 physicians, comprises 12 provincial and territorial medical associations and is affiliated with over 60 national and international medical organizations.

SOURCE Canadian Medical Association