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Dear Elizabeth,I hope that one day when you are older things are different for you, equality is still a big issue and one that is slowly getting better but it will take time. There is talk of women becoming persons under the law I hope that that is true because I’m lucky I even know how to read and write there were so few girls who could when I was growing up and even now very few can still. I know that you are young now but one day you will read this letter, so here is my life story…I was born in 1898 and I was lucky enough to be born into a higher class family, and I grew up in a nice quaint town in Ontario. I have one older brother and two loving parents; I was fortunate and got a good education but he got a better education… because he was the boy the one who was going to get a job and make money of his own where I, on the other hand, was just a girl and I had no say in anything I was owned by my father and now my husband, your father. I had a good family for a long while until I was about 15 and things got bad at home, my brother was 24 and had left to make a life for himself- he wrote to me sometimes not very often after he got a job and married- but then my father lost his job and started drinking. My mother hated to see him do this so she joined the temperance movement and she was fighting to ban alcohol because she thought it was destroying our family. Soon my father found new work and got his life back on track but my mother stayed with the temperance movement because she felt like she was making a difference… a change and the temperance movement also supported other things like women’s rights. When I turned 21 I married your father and we moved away from the town I grew up in to start our own life.In 1917 when I was about 19, women were granted the right to vote which was an incredible change because it meant that people were finally starting to realize that women were people too and deserved to be treated better so that year I went out and voted for the first time in my life.  One role model who I always looked up to growing up was Dr. Emily Stowe became the first female principal in 1854, until she resigned in 1856 when she married John Stowe because that was her duty as a middle-class woman. After raising three kids she wanted to become a doctor so she tried to enroll in medical school but no school in Canada would take her because she was a female so she enrolled in New York. in 1867 she came back to Canada after graduating and she wanted to open a clinic in Toronto  but then she was not granted a license so she opened a clinic specializing in nursing care of women and children until finely in 1883 she  got a license to practice medicine and her daughter Dr.Augusta Stowe-Gullen became the first woman to graduate from a Canadian medical school. I learned a bit about her at school and when I told my dad I wanted to learn more about her he helped me learn more… because he was a doctor as well. I always wanted to be a doctor but what Dr. Emily Stowe did was much harder than I thought so I married and had kids and gave up my dream of being a doctor or even have a job. I hope when you are older things will be different and you can get a job yourself, you will one day change the world and help bring equality to everyone.-love your mother, Marry

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