Named after Emily Jennings Stowe. Emily was the first female doctor to practice in Canada, and an activist for women's rights and suffrage. Since no medical school would accept a woman in the 1860s, she earned her degree in the United States, graduating from the New York Medical College for Women in 1867, and returned to open a practice in Toronto, Ontario. She pioneered the struggle for women's equality in Canada as the first woman school principal (1852) and physician (1867). She organized the country's first suffrage organization, initially called the Toronto Women's Literary Club (1877). Five years later its name was changed to the Toronto Women's Suffrage Club.