Minute of the Day: Jennie Trout

Canada's first female doctor

Maclean’s is partnering with the Historica-Dominion Institute to celebrate the return of the Heritage Minutes. Over the next few weeks we’ll be featuring the most memorable Minutes, along with a few illustrious parodies, and a sneak peek of the brand new Minute set to be released on Oct. 15 for the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

Jennie Trout was the first woman in Canada to be a doctor, but she had to fight tooth and nail for it:

This Minute in a nutshell: “My friend Jennie Trout was not the only woman to face this kind of thing in medical school, but she would become the first woman licensed to practice medicine in Canada.”

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