As it stands, the only woman we’re used to seeing on Canadian currency isn’t even Canadian: it’s the queen of England, among a bunch of white men. Trudeau announced today, on International Women’s Day, that “a Canadian woman will be featured on the very first of the next series of bills expected in 2018.”
It’s still undecided who will grace the bank note. From now until April 15, Canadians can visit the Bank of Canada’s website to submit their nominations. Nominees can be “any Canadian woman, either by birth or naturalization, who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, achievement, or distinction in any field.”
Strange twist: nominees must have died prior to April 15, 1991. So, no Mary Walsh or Shannie Duff. An independent advisory council made up of academics and cultural leaders will review the submissions.