Canada unveils new $10 bill featuring female civil-rights pioneer Viola Desmond

Canada unveils new $10 bill featuring female civil-rights pioneer Viola Desmond

Canada unveils new $10 bill featuring female civil-rights pioneer Viola Desmond

The event was livestreamed at the human rights museum at an exhibit featuring Desmond.

The Canadian government introduced a new $10 bill featuring civil rights icon Viola Desmond on International Women's day. Other nations like the US and United Kingdom have also moved to change the imbalance between men and women depicted on money.

"I have a daughter who's eight, and she'll be able to look at a bank note and see a woman who reflects her, an African Nova Scotian woman who stood up for her rights and now is being commemorated on a bank note", he said.

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The unveiling took place in Halifax, Nova Scotia where in 1946, Desmond was told to leave the white's-only movie theatre and refused. "That's been a goal of mine since I became governor".

"We have symbols in this country that talk to us about what we're all about as a nation". She is also the first non-royal woman on a regularly circulating Canadian bank note.

"It's handsome. Look at her", she said as she examined the bill in the video. Poloz says it was long past time for a bank note to feature an iconic Canadian woman.

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The civil-rights pioneer replaces Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister, on the $10 note. "She's just one of many of us who have suffered".

After a trial initiated by the Roseland Film Theatre incident in which she lost the case, Desmond moved to Montreal and enrolled in business college. Her stand predates Rosa Parks' similar action on an Alabama bus by almost a decade.

Wanda Robson, seeing her sister's $10 bill for the first time, gasped, remarking that the artist beautifully captured every detail of her sister, saying, "It's as if she's in this room".

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In 2010, the government of Nova Scotia issued an apology to Desmond, for prosecuting her and acknowledged her courage in resisting racial discrimination.

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