Emily Stowe, Canada’s first woman doctor and the founder of Women’s College Hospital. The Emily Stowe Society is a community of individuals, foundations and corporations dedicated to breaking down barriers to careers in health sciences research for bright young minds in Canada.
In Canada today, women – and particularly women from diverse communities – continue to be underrepresented at all levels of the health sciences field. In fact, only 28% of Canada’s scientists are women. Without equity in the health research community, we simply cannot achieve equity in healthcare. As home to one of the only hospital-based research institutes in the world focused on the health of women – with women comprising over 50% of our scientists and 70% of our physicians – Women’s College Hospital is working to change that.
With a special focus on supporting individuals from equity-seeking communities that are severely underrepresented in the health sciences, The Emily Stowe Society has a collective mission to engage, retain and advance researchers at every stage of their careers.
Who is Emily Stowe?
In 1865, a young woman named Emily Stowe was flatly denied admission to the University of Toronto’s School of Medicine because she was a woman. At that moment, Emily made a commitment to fight for the right of Canadian women to receive a medical education.
After receiving her medical degree in the United States, she returned home and fiercely advocated to open an institution dedicated to medical training for women.
In 1883, Dr. Stowe’s long-held vision became a reality with the opening of Woman’s Medical College, the predecessor to Women’s College Hospital – the first place in Canada where women could study medicine, and where women in the community could receive care from female physicians.
Dr. Emily Stowe’s grit and determination paved the way for the countless women leaders in the field of medicine who followed after her, and her legacy continues to inform our hospital’s values today.
The Awards Program
Building on WCH founder Emily Stowe’s legacy of grit and determination!
The Opportunities Fund: Gifts in any amount accepted.
The Opportunities Fund is a general pool of funding that will address the greatest needs of the Academic Research and Education program at Women’s College Hospital. It will provide support on an ongoing, as-needed basis to researchers at all levels who are undertaking research positions with Women’s College Research Institute or to program needs overall.
- Awards are expendable
The Summer Student Research Program Fund: $1,000 — $14,999
Gifts made in support of the this Fund will make it possible for Women’s College Research Institute (WCRI) to expand its Summer Student Program, a 12-16 week summer employment opportunity that allows students at the undergraduate level to work with WCRI researchers on key projects, attend research skills sessions and connect with mentors from their own communities.
- Awards are expendable
Academic Excellence Awards: $15,000 — $120,000
Academic Excellence Awards will provide support for individuals studying at the masters, PhD, post-doctoral, and career scientist levels. These prestigious awards play a crucial role in helping emerging and mid-career leaders either complete their graduate studies under the supervision of Women’s College Research Institute scientists while also advancing and retaining some of Canada’s leading research talent at Women’s. These leaders contribute to the equitable research ecosystem at Women’s and will act as mentors to emerging members of the Emily Stowe Society.
- Awards are expendable
- Endowment opportunities offered at $50,000+
- Opportunity to name award(s) in a name of your choosing
- Opportunity to suggest criteria preferences for your individual award(s)
Celebrating your generosity
Members of The Emily Stowe Society are recognized and celebrated for their generosity and impact on the future of health research in Canada. Examples of benefits include:
- Recognition as a member of The Emily Stowe Society on Women’s College Hospital Foundation’s online donor listings and permanent donor wall in the Peter Gilgan Atrium of Women’s College Hospital.
- Invitation to an annual scholarship luncheon where you will have the opportunity to meet the beneficiary or beneficiaries of your support.
- Receipt of a beautiful pin representing your commitment to Canada’s future health research leaders that you can wear with pride (for donations over $1,000).
Emily Stowe Society Members
View our listing of Emily Stowe Society Founding Members here
Your Impact (Beneficiaries)
The list of award recipients will be published here as they are awarded to showcase the impact of your support.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Will I get a tax receipt when I make a donation to the Emily Stowe Society?
Yes, a tax receipt will be issued to you via email within minutes of making your gift online. Please note that if you made your gift via www.givewch.ca or in-person, you will receive your tax-receipt in the mail within 60 days.
Is my gift guaranteed to support a student from an underrepresented community?
If your gift is $1,000 or above, you can specifically direct it to support a student from an underrepresented community. To do this, please contact the Foundation at 416-323-6323 or email@example.com.
How does my gift directly support young scientists applying for Academic Excellence Awards?
When you choose to make a gift to support Academic Excellence Awards, you will be supporting bursaries, scholarships and awarding positions to visiting scholars. An Award can be named as per your choosing. To name an award, please contact Leigh Naturkach at 416-323-6323 ext. 2936 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I, as a donor, sit on the panel to select the scientist I would like to support?
No, that will not be possible.