Short list of 'banknoteable' women in Canada

The Bank of Canada has announced which 5 women are eligible to be the new face of the next new Canadian banknote. A long list was publicized in May 2016 and this has been narrowed down to a short list of 5 women.

The 5 ladies are:

  • Viola Desmond (1914–1965), a black businesswoman from Nova Scotia who famously challenged racial segregation at a film theatre in her home province.
  • 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.
  • Fanny (Bobbie) Rosenfeld (1904–1969), an Olympian who won gold in the relay race and silver in the 100 metre dash at the 1928 summer Olympics.
  • Idola Saint-Jean (1880–1945), a Quebec journalist, educator and feminist who fought for the women's vote in Quebec.

"In compiling their short list, Advisory Council members agreed that these five women best articulated the Council’s ultimate selection criteria: that nominees should have broken or overcome barriers, made a significant change, left a lasting legacy, and be inspirational.

(...) On Thursday, 8 December 2016, the Minister of Finance and the Governor of the Bank of Canada will reveal which iconic Canadian woman will be featured on the next regularly circulating bank note, expected in 2018."

Steven Friday 25 November 2016 at 09:26 am | | news
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