With the announcement that an iconic Canadian woman will be featured on the first of a new series of bank notes, the question now falls to: which woman?
The nomination process is open to the public and the suggestions are already pouring in.
The Bank of Canada confirmed on Twitter that the first nomination went to Nellie McClung, who’s famous for her work securing women the right to vote in Canada.
As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said when he announced the new bank note, there is a “long line of strong women who have stepped up time and time again to make history against all odds.”
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But there are a few requirements for who can be on the new bill.
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.
That means candidates like Anne of Green Gables and Celine Dion are out of the picture.
Merna Forster, who’s been advocating to put women on Canadian currency since 2013 says the difficult part will be picking only one woman.
Her website, Women On Bank Notes, lets anyone use a special online tool to put notable women on the Canadian $100 bill.
Forster says there’s been over 400 submissions, with a wide range of candidates from artists to scientists to politicians.
Here are a few candidates for the job.