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Jane Austen News – Issue 157

The Jane Austen News looks at women on bank notes

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The Current Women on Currency 

When Jane Austen was announced as the new face of the £10 note we were thrilled, and now thanks to an article written for International Women’s Day, we’ve been introduced to other remarkable women who’ve been honoured on currencies around the world. These are just a few of them:

Syria

Syria’s 500-pound note features Queen Zenobia, a 3rd-Century ruler of the Palmyrene Empire who is most famous for leading a revolt against the mighty colonizers, the Roman Empire.

Sweden

Opera singer Jenny Lind is currently on the 50 krona note, and Selma Lagerlöf – the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature – is on the 20 Krona note.

Australia

Australia has one woman on either the front or back of every banknote currently in circulation. These include: social reformer and writer Dame Mary Gilmore (back of the $10); 19th-century businesswoman Mary Reibey (front of the $20); social worker and the first female member of an Australian parliament Edith Cowan (back of the $50), and famous soprano Dame Nellie Melba (front of the $100 note).

Turkey

The 50-lira note currently in circulation features turn-of-the-century novelist and women’s rights activist who died in 1936, Fatma Aliye Topuz on its reverse side.

Norway

The first of the two women featured on Norwegian notes is Kirsten Flagstad, who can be found on the 100 krone note while the second, Sigrid Undset, is featured on the 500 krone note. Flagstad is known as the greatest Wagnerian soprano of the mid-20th century and Undset was a novelist who received a Nobel prize in literature.

Switzerland

Sophie Taeuber-Arp is on the 50 franc note. She was one of the foremost figures of the rebellious Dada art movement and her multimedia works bridged the gap between fine and applied arts.

What a fantastic collection of women!

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