What’s Current: Black rights activist Viola Desmond to be first Canadian woman on $10 bill

Civil rights pioneer Viola Desmond. (Image: CBC)
Civil rights pioneer Viola Desmond. (Image: CBC)

Black rights activist Viola Desmond will be the first Canadian woman to be featured on the country’s $10 bill. Often referred to as “Canada’s Rosa Parks,” (though her historic act of defiance occurred nine years before Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus), Desmond was jailed for sitting in the “whites only” section of a Nova Scotia film house.

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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, I-D, Truthdig, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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