Life & Money

Women who are on the money

December 5, 2018


Women who are on the money

Life & Money

When you look at Canadian money, you’re probably looking at Queen Elizabeth’s graceful smile. But when it comes to Canadian women who aren’t royalty on our money, Viola Desmond has made history! In March of 2018, she became the first female Canadian to appear on our currency, on the $10 note.

And well deserved, too! Viola Irene Desmond (July 6, 1914 to February 7, 1965) was a Canadian businesswoman, the owner of Vi’s Studio of Beauty Culture. She helped end an ugly legacy of our society when she challenged racial segregation at a theatre in Nova Scotia. Jailed and fined for refusing to leave the whites-only section of the theatre, her case helped kickstart the civil rights movement in Canada. That is a powerful legacy!

It’s change-makers like Viola who was on our mind as we cheered our own leader, Tea Nicola, CEO of our pioneering robo-adviser. She was nominated for two awards at the Women in Wealth Management Summit in Toronto. It was a great meeting with women who are making strides in business and having an impact on our culture.

Tea is inspired by strong female leaders like Viola Desmond, who forged her own path in a time when Canada was still evolving towards the incredible country it is today. In fact, the world is full of women who have made a difference.

CI Direct Investing presents a quick snapshot of some amazing women who are on the money

Women on the money. Jane Austen

Jane Austen (1775 to 1817) was the author of world-famous novels such as Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. Famous for her literary accomplishments, her face graces the British 10 pound note.

Marie Curie (1867 to 1934) was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first and only woman to win the prize twice! She won her second Nobel in 1911 for her work on radium. She is on the French 500 franc note and on the Polish 20,000 Zloty.

Women on the money. Josefa Llanes Escoda

Josefa Llanes Escoda (1898 to 1945). A Filipina war hero who resisted Japanese occupation during the Second World War. She also fought for women’s right to vote and founded the Girl Scouts of the Philippines. She is on a 1000-peso bill.

Women on the money. Dame Nellie Melba

Dame Nellie Melba (born Helen Porter Mitchell; 1861 to 1931) achieved worldwide renown as a soprano, performing in London, Paris, New York and beyond. She is also known for her charity work in Australia. The $100 Australian bill features her.

Women on the money. Frida Kahlo de Rivera

Frida Kahlo de Rivera (1907 to 1954). Frida was one of Mexico’s most famous artists, recognized internationally. She was known for her feminism and revolutionary politics. She is on the Mexican 500 peso bank note.

Women on the money. Kate Sheppard

Kate Sheppard (1848 to 1934) Kate Sheppard was a prominent leader of the campaign for women’s suffrage in New Zealand. In 1893, New Zealand became the first country in the world where all adults could vote in general elections. Her face is on the $10 New Zealand note.

Who are the women who inspire you? Is it a cultural icon? A warrior for civil rights? A business innovator? A great scientific mind?

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  1. Tina Walter

    The woman that comes to mind immeasurable is my mom, Joan Young. She prospered in Jamaica, owning her own clothing business, raised two children, brought them to Canada, started over, supported her children's university studies, ran her own highly successful financial business, convinced her clients to give to charities each year, sold her business and is now retired. My mom is a role model for everyday people doing the best that they can for their families, friends and communities.

  2. Ann

    Great article! I live in the area of Halifax where Viola grew up and had her salon. It's wonderful talking with people who knew her.. Myrna who went to her to have her hair set says she was quiet and always elegant and well organized! Another Canadian woman who inspires me is my Great Aunt Harriet, who was a pioneering woman physicist and worked for a year in Curie lab in Paris! My Sister is writing a play about her called "Wonder". Am grateful for the brave women who acted in the world. And thank you to Tea for founding WealthBar happy holidays :)

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