For International Women’s Day Trudeau has announced that a Canadian woman will grace an upcoming bank note- the first woman to be featured other than the Queen. He’s asking for nominations but there are a couple guidelines that must be followed for your nomination to be considered. First, she must be Canadian, by birth or naturalization, who’s made a significant contribution to. Second, she must not be fictional. And lastly, she has to have been dead for at least 25 years. Here are some ideas!
Political/Aocial Activist and author Nellie McClung was one of the strongest voices in the suffragette movement, led to women being recognized as “persons” and therefore eligible to vote.
Women first won the right to run for the House of Commons in 1920 and the next year, Agnes MacPhail became Canada’s first woman Member of Parliament.
Known as Canada’s Rosa Parks, while lesser known Viola Desmond actually pre-dates Rosa Parks. She was fined and jailed for sitting in a “Whites Only” section of a movie theatre in New Glasgow, N.S. in 1946.
If you don’t recognizer her name, you will surely recognize her paintings! In a time when even art was considered a “Man’s Job,” Emily Carr continued to paint despite widespread criticism. Her work is highly influenced by native art, and depicts many totem poles and towering trees from the BC coastline. In fact, she was one of the few Caucasians– let alone women– that were granted access into the First Nations world, as they allowed her to travel with them in order to paint. Check out her biography to learn about her fascinating life story!
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