I spotted a really interesting analysis of cash and bank notes the other day. For those who follow this blog, you’ll know that I love bank notes. I collect them. Each country has different coloured bank notes with different art on its cash that reflect their ethos and society. In fact, through the years, most cash reflects the history and development of nations. It’s a fascinating area to study and, although I’m not a numismatist, I could easily become one.
Anyways, back to that analysis of cash, it looked at the colour and DNA of bank notes and found one particularly interesting fact:
Queen Elizabeth II may be the most popular figure featured worldwide, but our study revealed a clear lack of gender representation across banknotes, with just 7% of the notes analysed featuring a female figure. In fact, only Jersey, the UK and Denmark have a balanced or female favoured gender profile, with all other currencies predominantly featuring males.
Like everything else in our world, money is tainted and biased. It reflects our machismo and gender, with men dominating. I remember that there was a massive campaign to get a woman on a UK bank note, which succeeded, but you have to ask why?
Well, not really. Like all things, our world is geared towards those who lead and those who lead are generally men.
Anyways, to finish off my series about sexism in the City, here are the key banknotes who feature women.
From Britain, there are three notes of note.
Scotland, which issues its own bank notes, also has a number of notable ladies.
|Name||Who are they?||Country|
|Juana Azurduy de Padilla||Military leader during Bolivian war of independence||Argentina|
|María Eva Duarte de Peron||First lady and actress||Argentina|
|Mary Gilmore||Writer and journalist||Australia|
|Nellie Melba||Opera singer||Australia|
|Edith Cowan||First woman to serve as a member of Australian parliament||Australia|
|Mary Reibey||Merchant, shipowner, and trader||Australia|
|Queen Elizabeth II||Monarch||Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom|
|Viola Desmond||Civil rights activist||Canada|
|The Famous Five||Fought to have women considered persons under the law||Canada|
|Gabriela Mistral||First Latin American author to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature||Chile|
|Bozena Nemcova||Author||Czech Republic|
|Emmy Destinn||Opera Singer||Czech Republic|
|Johanne Luise Heiberg||Actress||Denmark|
|Mirabal sisters||Three sisters who opposed the Trujillo dictatorship||Dominican Republic|
|Salome Urena de Henriquez||Poet and the founder of women’s higher education in the country||Dominican Republic|
|Tjoet Nja Meuthia||National hero who fought against the Dutch||Indonesia|
|Shin Saimdang||Artist and writer||Korea|
|Juana Ines de la Cruz||Nun, scholar, and poet||Mexico|
|Kate Sheppard||Prominent member of suffragette movement||New Zealand|
|Saint Rose of Lima||Saint||Peru|
|Corazon Aquino||First woman to be president of the Philippines||Philippines|
|Josefa Llanes Escoda||Founder of the Girl Scouts in the Philippines||Philippines|
|Nan Shepherd||Writer and poet||Scotland|
|Mary Somerville||Science writer and polymath||Scotland|
|Elsie Inglis||Doctor and suffragist||Scotland|
|Astrid Lindgren||Author of Pippi Longstocking||Sweden|
|Birgit Nilsson||Opera Singer||Sweden|
|Fatma Aliye Topuz||Author and women’s rights activist||Turkey|
|Jane Austen||Author||United Kingdom|
|Josefa Camejo||Venezuelan-independence fighter||Venezuela|