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  1. 1642

    Jeanne Mance founded L’Hôtel-Dieu in what is now Montréal

  2. 1700

  3. 1800

  4. 1840

    After her death in 1771, The Grey Nuns carried on d’Youville’s legacy

  5. 1867

    Upon her return from the United States, Dr. Stowe opened her practice on Richmond Street in Toronto

  6. 1876

    Dr. Stowe founded the Toronto Women’s Literary Club, later renamed the Canadian Women’s Suffrage Association.

  7. 1883

    Dr. Augusta Stowe-Gullen, the daughter of Dr. Stowe, became the first woman to receive a Canadian medical degree when she graduated from Women’s Medical College.

  8. 1883

    In an effort to increase women’s access to medical education, Dr. Stowe founded the Women’s Medical College.

  9. 1889

    Rejected from the Faculty of Medicine at McGill due to her gender, Maude Abbott enrolled at Bishop’s University and earned her degree in medicine in 1894.

  10. 1900

  11. 1910

  12. 1920

  13. 1930

  14. 1931

    Elizabeth Bagshaw became Director of the Planned Parenthood Society

  15. 1932

    Elizabeth Bagshaw founded Canada’s first birth control clinic

  16. 1936

    Dr. Maude Abbott published her ATLAS OF CONGENITAL CARDIAC DISEASE in which she outlined a new classification system for congenital heart diseases

  17. 1940

  18. 1950

  19. 1950

    Dr. M. Vera Peters published her landmark study that suggested early-stage Hodgkin’s was potentially curable with radiation therapy

  20. 1951

    World’s first non-commercial cobalt-60 therapy unit went into operation at the University of Saskatchewan

  21. 1960

  22. 1970

  23. 1970

    Dr. Bette Stephenson was elected President of the Ontario Medical Association, the first woman to hold the position in its 90-year history

  24. 1971

    Lucille Teasdale-Corti became a war surgeon in Uganda

  25. 1973

    Dr. Stephenson was elected President of the Canadian Medical Association, the first woman to hold the position in its 106-year history

  26. 1975

    Dr. Peters published the first controlled study to demonstrate that lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy had success outcomes equal to or better than more radical procedures

  27. 1975

    May Cohen led a federal government workshop on women’s health care, as part of the Canadian government’s response to International Women’s Year

  28. 1980

  29. 1983

    Roberta Bondar was chosen from more than 4,000 applicants for Canada’s astronaut program

  30. 1988

    As a skilled administrator, Dr. Jean Gray became Associate Dean of Post-Graduate Medical Education at Dalhousie University

  31. 1988

    Dr. Jacalyn Duffin became the Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine at Queen’s University

  32. 1990

  33. 1992

    On the space craft DISCOVERY, Dr. Bondar circled our planet at thirty thousand kilometres per hour, situated three hundred kilometres above Earth

  34. 1995

    Dr. Judith G. Hall’s medical expertise and capacity for leadership was well-respected internationally

  35. 1995

    The Ottawa Health Decision Center was founded by Annette O'Connor and her team

  36. 2000

  37. 2001

    Connie Eaves became the first researcher in Vancouver to commence investigations of human embryonic stem cells (ES) and human induced pluripotent Stem Cells (iPS)

  38. 2001

    When the Canadian Institutes of Health Research was formed, Dr. Jean Gray was asked to chair the Institute of Gender and Health Advisory Board

  39. 2010

  40. 2012

    Dr. Rockman-Greenberg was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women for her work supporting vulnerable communities

  41. 2020

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