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Women in bills and coins

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George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, Alexander Hamilton, and Benjamin Franklin. They are the men chosen to appear in dollars by the United States Treasury, which in more than 230 years of history has never been directed by a woman nor has it been considered to appear in its currency. Tradition wants to be broken: abolitionist Harriet Tubman appeared on the twenty dollar bills replacing Andrew Jackson. Their presence has brought to the table the scarce presence of activists, scientists, economists, politicians or writers on coins and bills. Only queens have been assured of their presence.

Tubman was chosen by the public in the survey launched by the US Treasury to choose which woman would appear on their bills. Behind were activists Rosa Parks and Eleanor Roosevelt. Canada has also joined the consultation bandwagon. Its prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has shown his feminism. On March 8, the Bank of Canada announced that as of 2018 it includes a woman in its bills and launched a consultation to nominate its candidates. It will not be the first time that a woman has appeared in the Canadian currency. Queen Elizabeth II already has a gap in Canadian dollars and the governor of the Bank of Canada himself has acknowledged that women “have been underrepresented” on bills.

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