Canadian women to be on our currency by 2018

Government asking public to nominate iconic figures

On the next issue of Canadian bank notes, an iconic Canadian women will appear, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday.

“A Canadian woman will be featured on the very first of the next series of bills expected in 2018,” Trudeau said.

Trudeau and Finance Bill Morneau made the announcement together on International Women’s Day and are asking the public to nominate iconic Canadian women deserving recognition.

“Women are and always have been instrumental in building our country,” Morneau said.

 How to nominate

  • Submissions are open from now until April 15 on the banks website
  • Nominees cannot be a fictional character
  • Nominee must have died prior to April 15, 1991 (25 years ago)

“Women are and always have been instrumental in building our country.”

Here are 11 women who should be on our currency

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874 to 1942)
Montgomery is the prolific author of the “Anne of Green Gables,” series. The novels that follow an orphaned girl were an immediate success after its 1908 release and has been translated into 20 languages.

Agnes Macphail (1890 to 1954)
She was first Canadian women to be elected to Canadian Parliament. She was also a journalist who wrote about agriculture, feminist, and a reformer.

Emily Carr (1871 to 1945)
Carr was a famous writer and artist. Her modernist landscapes was heavily influenced by First Nations villages. Her work is showcased in museums and galleries worldwide.

Molly Brant (1736/35 to 1796)
Brant was prominent and influential Mohawk women. She was also the consort of Sir William Johnson and a native consultant.

Harriet Brooks (1876 to 1933)
She was a pioneering nuclear physicist. Brooks worked with Ernest Rutherford and is distinguished for her research on radioactivity and nuclear transmutations.

Anyone from the “Famous 5” (members from 1849 to 1965)
Petitioners Emily Murphy, Irene Marryat Parlby, Nellie Mooney McClung, Louise Crummy McKinney and Henrietta Muir Edwards all were feminists and reformers who sought to have women legally considered as persons so they can be appointed to the state.

Elsie MacGill (1905 to 1980)
She was the worlds first female aircraft designer and was a feminist. She worked during the Second World War as a airplane designer and later as a consulting aeronautical engineer in Toronto.