Dundurn Votes for #BankNOTEable Canadian Heroines

Dundurn Votes for #BankNOTEable Canadian Heroines

Posted on April 7 by Kyle
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It's a historic moment for Canadian money. The Bank of Canada is looking for Canada's most bankNOTEable women to feature on upcoming Canadian dollar bills. Dundurn author Merna Forster, author of 100 Canadian Heroines and 100 Canadian More Heroines is even  on a select advisory board dedicated to this task. 

I want to know who the women of Dundurn thought should be represented on our money. Naturally, I gave them copies of Merna Forster's books as the ultimate guide to Canadian heroines. Only one Canadian woman was nominated twice. Reach the end to find the results.

I would nominate Roberta Bondar for the honour of appearing on a new $20 bill. As a renowned neurologist and Canada’s first female astronaut, she has received many accolades in her field. As a recipient of the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, the NASA Space Medal, and more than twenty honorary degrees, she would be an inspiration to Canadian women seeking to pursue a career in the sciences. Nominated by Allison, Editor

I would like to see Rosemary Brown on our bank notes (ideally on a $10 or $20, the kind of bill that gets frequently seen and used). Rosemary Brown was a tireless advocate of social justice, especially in support of people of colour and women’s rights. Among her many noteworthy achievements, she was the first black women to win a seat in provincial parliament, and she paved the way for Canada’s first government-funded women’s shelters.

We like to believe that our country has done away with racism and sexism but it still infringes on the lives of many Canadians, and as Brown famously said, “Unless all of us are free, none of us will be free.” Nominated by Sarah, Marketing Designer

I miss the Famous 5. They were the five Albertan women who asked the Supreme Court to determine if women were "persons." They were on the $50 bill, but were replaced in 2012 with an icebreaker. Not just one BankNOTEABLE women, but a team of five! Nominated by Margaret, Director of Marketing and Sales

Elsie MacGill was the first woman in the world to design and test an airplane. She was also the first woman in Canada to receive an electrical engineering degree, and the first female in North America to earn a degree as an aeronautical engineer. Plus, she had a comic strip about her. Nominated by Michelle, Publicist

Agnes MaCphail, Canada's first woman elected to the House of Commons. As an MP and later an MPP she worked hard for disarmament, penal reform, and better social welfare for women, prisoners, farmers, and the underprivileged. Macphail paved the path for the greater equality of representation we see in today's government. Nominated by Kendra, Marketing Administrator

Nellie McClung was the ultimate Canadian feminist and social activist who worked tirelessly for women's suffrage. She has already been named a Person of National Historic Significance by the Canadian government, so it's only natural her next honour is a spot on a crisp $100 bill. Nominated by Jaclyn, Publicist

Canada’s most noteable woman is L.M. Montgomery, for creating the iconic character, Anne of Green Gables! She transcends borders, and is Canada’s greatest ambassador to audiences of all ages. Nominated by Karen, Publicity Manager

As one of Canada's most recognized authors, I'm picking Lucy Maud Montgomery as Canada's most BankNOTEABLE woman. I loved Anne of Green Gables as a child (and still do!), and can't imagine Canadian culture without the loveable redhead. Not only did she put PEI on the world map, L.M. Montgomery created characters and settings that are constantly being adapted into plays, films, and books to this day. I would like to see her on the $10 bill. Nominated by Jenny, Editorial Assistant

An inspiring woman who lived ahead of her time. Born in St. Marys,Ontario, Kate Rice graduated as a gold medallist in Mathematics at theUniversity of Toronto in 1906. After a conventional beginning teaching schoolin Ontario and Saskatchewan, Kate broke free of the mould, searching for newfrontiers as a prospector in Manitoba during the gold rush. She formed apartnership with Dick Woosey and began a life in the remote areas around HerbLake, prospecting and trapping. After Woosey's death, Kate faced her final andmost difficult challenge – living alone in the wildness of the north. Nominated by Synora, Sales Manager

Laura Secord, and in addition of the $100 smelling like maple syrup, I want the $50 to smell like chocolate. Nominated by Carmen, Ebook and Metadata Administrator


With 2 nominations each, it's a tie between Nellie McClung and Lucy Maud Montgomery!

Who would you vote for? Buy the book below to pick your favourite Canadian Heroine!