'Banknoteable' women for next Canadian banknote

The Bank of Canada has publicized a long-list of 12 Canadian women who could end up on the banknotes of the next series. The first new note of the new series is expected in 2018. The list of 'banknoteable' women comes after a public uproar following the current series where no women besides Queen Elizabeth II were present anymore on the notes. 

To be considered for the new banknote the nominee had to be a Canadian woman, either by birth or naturalization, who demonstrated outstanding leadership, achievement or distinction in any field. The nominees could not be fictional characters, and must have died prior to 15 April 1991. 

The list of 12 women will be shortened to the final three before being given to the Canadian finance minister for a final decision. 

The women (as summarized by CBC.ca): 

  • Pitseolak Ashoona (c. 1904-1983): An Inuit artist with an international reputation. She is recognized for establishing a modern Inuit art form that incorporated traditional knowledge. 
  • Emily Carr (1871-1945): A famous artist and writer noted for her landscapes of the Pacific coast. 
  • Thérèse Casgrain (1896-1981): An activist and politician who led the women's suffrage movement in Quebec and became the first female leader of a political party.
  • Viola Desmond (1914-1965):  A black businesswoman from Nova Scotia who famously challenged racial segregation at a film theatre in her home province. 
  • Lotta Hitschmanova (1909-1990): A Canadian humanitarian who helped to found the Unitarian Service Committee of Canada which helped to send aid to Europe during the war. 
  • E. Pauline Johnson (1861-1913): A poet and writer whose performances reflect both English and Mohawk traditions and who is recognized as helping to shape Canadian literature.
  • Elizabeth (Elsie) MacGill (1905-1980): The world's first female aircraft designer. She worked as an aeronautical engineer during the Second World War. 
  • Nellie McClung (1873-1951): A political activist, teacher, social reformer and politician . She was a leader of the womens' suffrage movement and one of the famous five women who petitioned Britain to have Canadian women declared to be "persons."
  • Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942):  Canadian author best known as the author of Anne of Green Gables. 
  • Fanny (Bobbie) Rosenfeld (1905-1969): An Olympian who won gold in the relay race and silver in the 100 metre dash at the 1928 summer Olympics.
  • Gabrielle Roy (1909-1983): French Canadian author famous for The Tin Flute. 
  • Idola Saint-Jean (1880-1945): A Quebec journalist, educator and feminist who fought for the women's vote in Quebec.
Steven Monday 02 May 2016 at 6:53 pm | | news
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