Bank of Canada Announces Short List Of Women

Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2016 12:45 PM

12 nominees are on a short list of iconic Canadian women to be featured on the next bank note.

That's out of more than 26-thousand submissions nominating 460 women.

The Bank of Canada Advisory Council released the list this week, saying the women should resonate with Canadians, and reflect the diversity of our country.

The list will be further narrowed to about five candidates with the help of a public survey and input from historical experts.

The finalists include: Pitseolak Ashoona, Emily Carr, Thérèse Casgrain, Viola Desmond, Lotta Hitschmanova, E. Pauline Johnson, Elizabeth (Elsie) MacGill, Nellie McClung, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Fanny (Bobbie) Rosenfeld, Gabrielle Roy, and Idola Saint-Jean. 

In order to be eligible, the women had to have broken or overcome barriers, made a significant change, left a lasting legacy, and be inspirational. (Photo: Bank of Canada)