October 1, 2004
This paper explores the educational experience and professional practice of
women who entered the dental profession in Ontario in the 1920s. During this
period, dentists were educated in Toronto: initially, at a school affiliated with the
University of Toronto, and after 1925, at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of
Toronto. While few women entered the dental profession until recently, there was
a notable influx of women into the profession in the early 1920s. This article
reviews the factors that contributed to women’s involvement at this time, and
provides an overview of their academic and social experiences in dental school.
Professional records indicate that most, if not all, of these female dental students
practised their profession after graduation, and many had very lengthy careers.
The article discusses the significance of marriage patterns and the characteristics
of women’s professional practice.