Magazine article Herizons

Women's Banknote Campaign Gets Civic Support

Magazine article Herizons

Women's Banknote Campaign Gets Civic Support

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Merna Forster's campaign to get Canadian women back on the nation's currency is getting a push from Canada's civic governments. The City of Montreal was the first to sign on in August after councillor Marvin Rotrand's motion passed by a vote of 53-1. It encouraged the Bank of Canada to include historic women on the country's currency. In September, Whitehorse city council voted unanimously to call on the Bank of Canada to feature historic women on the country's currency. In October Toronto councillors Mary Fragedakis and Sarah Doucette made sure the motion got to the floor in the largest city in Canada. Toronto's motion requests that the Bank of Canada "feature Canadian women on our banknotes in order to proudly reflect the important and valued contributions of Canadian women in our society."

When the Bank of Canada removed feminist icons Thérèse Casgrain and the Famous Five from the back of the 50-dollar banknote in 2011 and replaced them with an Arctic icebreaker, many people were angry because they felt female heroes were being frozen out. …

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