About time

13 countries that beat the US to putting a woman on paper currency

Congratulations, America! You’re finally putting a woman on paper currency, but you’re late to the party. Here’s who’s done it already

 

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23 thoughts on “13 countries that beat the US to putting a woman on paper currency

  1. OK, FIRST: MEXICO IS NOT PART OF THE U.S. SECOND: FRIDA KHALO IS NOT THE FIRST WOMAN IN APPEAR IN OUR CURRENCY. THE OTHER WOMAN IN 200 BILL IS SOR JUANA INES DE LA CRUZ AND SHE WAS A NUN AND POET. SHE USED TO APPEAR TOO IN 1000 BILL IN MEXICO’S CURRENCY FROM 1970’S

  2. Colombia is missing from your list, over the years we’ve had 2 females on our ten thousand pesos bill, you should do more extensive research.

  3. Australia has more than one, and we have David Unaipon (an Indigenous Inventor) on one side of our $50 with Edith Cowan MBE on the other side. both since 1995.

    other women include,
    Dame Mary Gilmore ($10 note,1993 – ), Mary Reibey ($20, 1994- )
    Queen Elizabeth II on many of the notes and all the coins, though I am not sure she counts in this but I am mentioning her anyway.
    and there are others over the years prior to the current issue of currency.
    Catherine Helen Sparks, Princess Diana, Caroline Chisholm, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, but one of significant note, was a young Latvian immigrant to Australia, Karina Nartiss, was paid ₤10 10/- to model as a representation of “Science and Industry” on the ₤10 note which was in print from 1954 to 1965.

    basically the US is decades behind many of us.

    1. Some of what you said is right, some is just gibberish. Princess Di and Kate Middleton haven’t been on any of our currency, and why on earth would they? They’re not even Australian. Australia has more women then men on our currency – every banknote except the $5 bill features a man and woman, which was done deliberately. The women are Nellie Melba, opera singer ($100); Edith Cowan, member of parliament ($50); Mary Reibey, convict turned philanthropist ($20); Mary Gilmore, poet ($10); and Elizabeth II, the queen ($5). The reverse of the $5 features only Parliament House. America’s reluctance to change its currency is so weird.

  4. AMERICA is not a country it’s a continent tha gos from Alaska (North) to Tierra del Fuego (south., the correct name of the country is UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

  5. jamaica is missing from your list. Nanny of the Maroons who led her resistance to the mighty British army is on the $500 note for quite some years now

  6. Colombia is also missing from your list. Policarpa Salavarrieta, “La Pola”, has been depicted on Colombian Currency many times over the years, and more recently María, a fictitious character from the Jorge Isaacs novel of the same name, pictured with the author. The “Diez Mil Pesos” bill ($10,000) is currently the only denomination with Policarpa Salavarrieta’s image still in circulation.

  7. Almost everybody on US money in the 1800s was female, usually Lady Liberty. Martha Washington was on the 1886 Silver Certificate.

  8. Colombia… Policarpa Salavarrieta appears on the back of the country’s 10,000 pesos. She was an Independency Heroine and the most valuable woman of the Colombian history.

  9. It’s about time, Frida was a great artist and legend. Her pain came out through her work, she was very real, and blunt. I love Frida Kahlo!

  10. They missed Gabriela MIstral on the chilean 5000 pesos bill, you know, the noted Nobel Prize winner author and teacher? Oh well, based on the comments they missed a lot of them, maybe trying to make the US look better or something

  11. Scotland is missing from your list. Please do more research. You might find out about the remarkable Mary Slessor, born in my home town of Aberdeen.

  12. In Sweden, Astrid is not yet on the 20 kronor bill. Not until october. But we have another famous female writer on it right now; Selma Lagerlöf. And on the 50 kronor bill the famous opera singer Jenny Lind! 🙂

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