We are a step closer to finding out who will be the first woman featured on a Canadian banknote.
The Bank of Canada has released a short list of iconic women it feels would be a good choice.
Included in the list of five Canadian women are:
- Viola Desmond, an activist who fought against racial discrimination in Nova Scotia and the rest of Canada.
- E. Pauline Johnson, a poet known for works celebrating her aboriginal heritage.
- Elizabeth (Elsie) MacGill, the first woman in Canada to receive a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.
- Fanny (Bobbie) Rosenfeld, an Olympic medalist who was voted Canada’s female athlete of the first half of the 20th Century in 1950.
- Idola Saint-Jean, a key figure in the fight for women’s suffrage in Quebec.
“Canadian women made our country what it is today and they deserve a place in our currency,” Minister of Finance Bill Morneau said in a Thursday news release.
Morneau will have the difficult task of deciding which famous Canadian woman will make the cut.
These five inspirational women were selected by an independent advisory council from thousands of submissions made during an open call for nominations in March. The committee tried to pick women who brought about significant change in the country and left a lasting impact.
The winner will be announced on Dec. 8.