HOW A HOSPITAL IS LEADING A TRUE HEALTH REVOLUTION
For over 100 years, Women’s College Hospital (WCH) has been a leader in the health of women and health system solutions.
In 1883 it was nearly impossible for women in Canada to become doctors because most medical schools would not allow them to enroll. Additionally, very few medical practitioners specialized in women’s health.
After being forced to leave Canada for her own schooling, Dr. Emily Stowe began tackling these barriers. On October 1, 1883, she officially opened the doors to Woman’s Medical College — Canada’s first medical school for women.
Woman’s Medical College laid the foundations from which WCH was later established. It not only provided women with access to medical training, but also became a leader in women’s health — a legacy that WCH continues to build on to this day.
Since its beginning, WCH has been at the forefront of important firsts in healthcare and carries on to this day in pushing boundaries and driving innovation. It continues as a powerful advocate for marginalized communities, and for supporting the integration of sex and gender in health research.
As it revolutionized healthcare to include female physicians, today WCH continues its work to revolutionize the system to make it more equitable, and sustainable, for all. This holiday season, giving the gift of health and equity may be the most important gift you give. Learn more and donate at wchf.ca.