The Gender Lady: The Fabulous Dr. May Cohen
When May Cohen started her medical training in Toronto in the 1950’s, medicine was a male preserve. May’s parents were Jewish émigrés from Eastern Europe in the 1920’s. Her social consciousness arose from their progressive political engagement and activism in Canada and she became a passionate advocate for the pro-choice movement and for the rights of women. Using archival materials and interviews with May’s close colleagues and friends, this compelling film explores how influential and inspirational she has been in promoting gender issues in medical schools and the role of women doctors throughout the health sector. May’s impact in Canada and internationally simply cannot be overstated. Dr. May Cohen has demonstrated that it is possible for women to balance professional, family and personal interests — and change the world.