Ever wonder if and when a woman will grace that stack of fives, tens, twenties or hundos in your pocket? Well, you won’t have to wait very long. On International Women’s Day, PM Justin Trudeau announced that a woman will be on the next series of bank notes starting in 2018. Hooray.
So how’s one iconic woman going to be selected? The Bank of Canada needs the public’s help. Until April 15, Canadians can submit nominations for who they think should be on the bill on the Bank of Canada’s website and they can tweet their thoughts using the hashtag #bankNOTEable. The final decision will be made by the Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz because of course.
We’ve just gone ahead and chosen 10 worthy candidates who should seriously be considered:
She’s a huge activist for Native rights, she’s an Oscar and Golden Globe-winning musician and she’s been doing her thing since the 1960s. At 74, she shows no signs of letting up.
Now a justice, Micheline was the first black woman appointed to the bench in Ontario in 1992.
Abigail (Abby) Hoffman cut her hair and joined a boys’ hockey team in 1955. It wasn’t until the all-star game that she was revealed to be a girl, and only because she had to submit a birth certificate. After that, Abby began fighting the prevailing rule that minor league hockey was only for boys.
Margaret was the first Chinese Canadian lawyer to be called to the bar in 1955.
She was the first Canadian woman on television and that deserves a round of applause. People wish they could be the first at something, but the first on television? What an achievement.
She was the first Canadian woman to reach number one on the U.S. charts, and she’s won 24 (24) Junos. And four Grammys, three American Music Awards, three Country Music Association Awards and three Canadian Country Music Association Awards. She’s been doing this since 1965, guys. She deserves it.
She made us understand the power of our own voice, and that there’s beauty in the sadness that can be our lives sometimes. She’s been every kind of woman to everybody, and that’s okay by us.
And a hundo for Regina George. She fractured her spine, and she still looks like a rock star. (Here’s lookin’ at you, Rachel McAdams).