A Guide to Women in Canadian History
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Where are Canadian women on the currency of our country? What heroines have been selected to show their faces on our coins and paper money, and remind us of their contributions to Canadian history? You will have to search a long time to find them.Bank Notes
There are currently no real women from Canadian history honoured on any Canadian bank notes. Please sign our petition calling on the Bank of Canada to feature Canadian women on our notes.
On October 13, 2004, the Bank of Canada unveiled a new $50 bank note on the theme of national building. For the first time in Canadian history, Canadian women were featured on the note. The bill featured images of the Alberta women known as the Famous 5, as well as the renowned activist Thérèse Casgrain. The release of the bank note was celebrated in a ceremony held in Calgary, Alberta. Senator Joyce Fairbairn and David Dodge, Governor of the Bank of Canada, unveiled the $50 note. The Famous 5 Foundation played an important role in lobbying for the inclusion of the Famous 5 on a Canadian bank note.
In 2011, the Bank of Canada began releasing a new series of polymer bills. The popular $50 bill featuring women from Canadian history was replaced by a new polymer depicting an icebreaker. None of the other new polymers feature female Canadian historical figures.Canadian Women on Bank Notes Campaign 2013-?
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