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52,700 Sign Petition to Get Women Back on Canadian Bank Notes
December 26, 2014
More than 52,700 Canadians have now signed the petition to get Canadian women featured on bank notes. The Bank of Canada has not yet accepted the demands of the petition, so the campaign continues and more support is needed.
At the end of July 2013, Canadian author and historian Merna Forster launched the campaign to get women from Canadian history back on our bank notes after they were purged by former Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney. Curiously, once Carney became Bank of England governor he responded to a similar situation in the UK (including a petition signed by 35K) by announcing a bank note to celebrate author Jane Austen.
Forster suggests that bank notes that belong to all Canadians should depict a wider range of Canadians, of both genders as well as various ethnic origins. Who and what is celebrated on our bank notes matters, as it reflects what we consider important in our culture and history and who we consider worthy of honouring for achievement. Women are not absent from the list of notable worthies in Canada, just notably absent or under-represented in many of the images that surround us and which contribute to our view of the world and our potential role in it.
You can sign the petition at change.org.
Campaign supporters have also been involved by suggesting female historical Figures (Canadian) that they'd like to see on bank notes.You can check out the many great candidates at Women on Canadian Bank Notes, and nominate your favourite Canadian heroine!
Viola Desmond, civil rights icon who challenged racial discrimination
Thanadelthur, powerful Chipewayan Dene woman who played an
influential role in the fur trade
Dr. Jenny Trout, first woman licensed to practice medicine in Canada and supported creation of Women's Medical College at Kingston.
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