Canada Shortlists Green Gables Writer for Woman on Bank Note

“Anne of Green Gables” author Lucy Maud Montgomery is among 12 women who could be featured on a new Canadian bank note, the central bank said Friday.

The short list, which also includes artist Emily Carr and political leader Thérèse Casgrain, was narrowed from more than 26,000 public nominations that identified about 460 prominent women, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz said in a statement Friday from Ottawa. The candidates will be narrowed to a list of between three and five, before Finance Minister Bill Morneau makes a final decision.

“I am very pleased with the tremendous response to this campaign from Canadians which shows just how much they care about who is represented on the bank notes in their wallets,” Poloz said. The new bank notes are due in 2018.

Over Canada’s history, most of the images on bank notes have been men. Other countries have acted to fix a similar gender imbalance, with the U.S. Treasury this month choosing abolitionist Harriet Tubman for a $20 bill and the Bank of England choosing 19th-century novelist Jane Austen.

Canada’s bank notes over time have stuck more often to images of male prime ministers and Queen Elizabeth II. The other candidates selected Friday for the new note are:

  • Pitseolak Ashoona (c. 1904–1983)
  • Viola Desmond (1914–1965)
  • Lotta Hitschmanova (1909–1990)
  • E. Pauline Johnson (1861–1913)
  • Elizabeth (Elsie) MacGill (1905–1980)
  • Nellie McClung (1873–1951)
  • Fanny (Bobbie) Rosenfeld (1905–1969)
  • Gabrielle Roy (1909–1983)
  • Idola Saint-Jean (1880–1945)

Biographies of the candidates are available on the Bank of Canada’s website.

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