A petition to include women on Canada’s banknotes is
approaching its goal of 50,000 signatures.
According to a Huffington Post Canada report, it had 48,000 signatures
by early November.
The petition on Change.org/CanadianHeroines calls for the Bank of
Canada to be more inclusive with the faces it shows on its money.
Currently, the only woman shown on Canadian paper money is Queen
Elizabeth, aside from an illustration of a nameless female scientist
on the $100 bill.
The petition description points out that the last version of the $50
bill, which featured the Famous 5 and Therese Casgrain, was replaced
by an image of an icebreaker when Canada's new polymer bank notes were introduced.
According to the petition, the Famous Five or The Valiant Five were
five Canadian women who asked the Supreme Court of Canada to answer
the question, "Does the word 'Persons' in Section 24 of
the British North America Act, 1867, include female persons?"
These women sought to gain legal equality for women to be considered
persons and thereby be eligible for elected office.
On April 24, 1928, Canada’s Supreme Court summarized its unanimous
decision that women are not such “persons.” The judgment was
overturned by the British Judicial Committee of the Privy Council on
Oct. 18, 1929, according to the petition.
“We call on the Bank of Canada to add women from Canadian history to
our bank notes as soon as possible, and announce that all future
series will feature females as well as males,” according to the petition
organized by Merna Forster. “Bank notes that belong to all
Canadians should depict a wider range of Canadians, of both genders as
well as various ethnic origins. An all-male line-up on bank notes is
not acceptable in Canada.”
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