The ‘Noteworthy’ Women of the World
- IWB Post
- June 23, 2015
This is some real inspiration. Last week President Obama said it would be a good idea to put more women’s faces on U.S. currency. Hence, the US Treasury Department has announced that the image of a woman will replace America’s first treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill.
Just imagine how interesting it would be to dig into Indian history and pull out important female figures that can appear on our currency!
Let us seek inspiration from those nations who had recognized their female leaders on their bank notes.
Syria even after getting torn by civil war has recognized its women on official currency. Syrian Queen Zenobia who stood up to Romans in the second century AD, appears on the nation’s 500-pound note.
Queen Elizabeth II
British Empire has a vast history. In its former colonies, the queen was prominently featured on the banknotes of a host of Commonwealth nations.
The first nation in the world to guarantee women’s voting rights, New Zealand’s most famous suffragette appears on its NZ$10 banknote.
Australia celebrates soprano opera singer on the front of it’s A$100 bill.
Sweden’s 19th-century opera singer graces the country’s 50 krona bill.
A Mexican painter Diego Rivera along with her work was featured on the country’s 500 peso note.
Argentina’s beloved former First Lady, Eva Perón, has appeared on the country’s 100-peso bill. On her 50th death anniversary, she was also celebrated on the 2 peso note.
The image of the first female president of the Philippines and the first female president in Asia together was added to the country’s 500 peso note after Aquino died in 2009.
Fatma Aliye Topuz
In 2009, Turkey introduced famous Turkish novelist and women’s rights activist, Fatma Aliye Topuz, on the back of 50 Turkish lira note. Country’s first president, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, is on the front.
In 2004, the Bank of Japan put the celebrated novelist on its ¥5,000 bill. Higuchi had a lasting impact on Japanese literature for her stories about the plight of the women working in Tokyo’s red-light district.
Karen von Blixen-Finecke
Author and ruler graced the front side of the Denmark Empire’s 50 kroner currency note. Blixen is best known for her 1937 memoir.
The first woman Nobel Prize winner in Literature is featured on Sweden’s on 20 krona note.
According to you which women do you think deserves to appear on our Indian currency?