New $10 bill features Canadian civil rights icon Viola Desmond

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Haligonians will get their first look at the new $10 bill featuring civil rights pioneer Viola Desmond on Wednesday.

About 110 years after the Royal Canadian Mint was founded, the first Canadian woman will be featured on the front of a standard bank note, just in time for International Women's Day. Yes, several countries have made it happen: Australia, Sweden, New Zealand, Mexico, Argentina, and the Philippines all have at least one banknote featuring a woman who has defined its history. She appeared along with three men. Honored to share Viola Desmond's story in #ShePersistedAroundTheWorld & can't wait to see the new Canadian $10 bill on my visit to Toronto next month!

A new $10 bill featuring Desmond was unveiled by Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz.

Viola Irene Desmond was a Canadian civil rights activist. Following the event, she was prosecuted for tax evasion. He said she stood up for what she believed in and helped make the country a better place. She was required to receive cosmetology training in Montreal, Atlantic City, and one of Madam C.J. Walker's schools in NY due to discrimination.

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New $10 bill features Canadian civil rights icon Viola Desmond

She was dragged out of the theatre by police, arrested, thrown in jail for 12 hours and fined. She then relocated to NY where she died of a gastrointestinal hemmorhage on February 7, 1965.

"We know more about Rosa Parks than Viola Desmond", he said.

Desmond died in 1965 and Nova Scotia issued a posthumous apology and pardon in 2010.

Morneau said the new note will not be in circulation until the end of the year. He went on to thank Robson for bringing her sister's story to the attention of all Canadians by encouraging people to support her nomination.

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