WINNIPEG – Manitoba icon Nellie McClung has been left off the final shortlist as the Bank of Canada decides who will be the first woman to appear on a banknote.
McClung was instrumental in getting women the right to vote in our province and then across the country.
She was considered one of the favourites and placed first in a national poll but a special council has chosen five different finalists including…
- Viola Desmond, who fought racial discrimination in Nova Scotia
- Pauline Johnson, a poet
- Bobbie Rosenfeld, an Olympic athlete back in the 1920s
- Elsie MacGill, the first woman in Canada to receive a degree in electrical engineering
- Idola Saint-Jean, a feminist who fought for women’s right to vote in Quebec
A winner will be announced on December 8th.