Thursday, October 9, 2014

Icebreaker More Important Than Women in Canada?

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Yes, it seems to be the case, judging the fact that Canada removed the only image on Canada's bills, showing Thérèse Casgrain, a feminist icon and Quebec heroine who died in 1981.  An image of Mme. Casgrain and her namesake volunteer-award medal disappeared from Canada's $50 bank note, replaced by the image of an icebreaker and a portrait of former premier Mackenzie King on a new currency series.
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Thérèse Casgrain fought for the right of Quebec women to vote, which they finally won in 1940.  She also became the first female leader of a political party in Canada, heading the CCF in Quebec, and was appointed to the Senate in 1970 by Trudeau.
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Change.org asks to sign a petition, to convince the Bank of Canada for adding more women to our bills.
When Mark Carney was governor of the Bank of Canada, the Bank decided to remove the images of the first notable Canadian women who finally made it onto our bank notes. While Queen Elizabeth II appears on $20 notes, the result is that there are again no women from Canadian history on our bills. It is unacceptable that female historical figures are not featured on the Polymer Series or another series - just male prime ministers and the Queen.
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Can we assume  that the approach of the Bank of Canada indicates plenty of prejudice and little pride in Canadian women?  Dear Bank of Canada:  Have a look at Australian currency bills, there are several women displayed!
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