Women on Money

So now that my title has caught your attention, I must confess that I not not going to talk about the spending habits of my fellow woman. Instead I want to discuss images of women on currency. There is a major gender bias happening on our currency; thus. a disproportionate reflection of our society currently and historically.  

In Canada, there are no women represented on our money, except for the Queen. The fifty dollar bill used to have the Famous Five on the back, but now we have an industrial scene. We did have a female scientist looking through a telescope to hopefully show the inroads women have made in the area of science that surfaced in the the last couple years. People did complain about that image as originally the woman was of Asian descent. I have no words to describe my malice towards the complaints. 

This is ridiculous. Has no other woman in Canada done anything of worth to be on our money? Let's face it, the Queen is only on our money because we are a part of the commonwealth; otherwise, we'd have only have men and animals and a boat on our money. And I believe that many women have had a profound effect on our culture and country. O Canada you have to do better. 

So let's see which of our amazing Canadian women could be on our money: 

E. Pauline Johnson: actually her birth name was Tekahionwake. She was First Nations; a poetess; and a performer. 

Nancy Greene: Athlete; skier; and teacher. 

Roberta Bondar: first female Canadian Astronaut. 

Joy Kogawa: Japanese-Canadian author. 

Any / all of the Famous Five: I spoke about them in a previous post. You can see it here: 

Emily Carr: West Coast Artist. She even had a monkey and a dog and has been featured extensively throughout our Canadian history.

Lucy Maude Montgomery: author of Anne of Green Gables. She is an iconic figure in Canadian literary history.

Jeanette Corbierre Lavell: Indigenous woman who had her treaty rights revoked because she married an non-Indigenous man. Her court case against the Crown ended up changing the laws that took away the rights for First Nations' women to remain a part of their band even after marrying a non-Indigenous man. This became Bill C-31. This changed a lot of peoples' lives. 

 

Who would you like to see on our money and why?

~Jennifer Ward

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