Romania wants women on banknotes

Although Romania doesn't lack prominent female figures, Romanian banknotes have always featured men. A journalist is currently collecting signatures to show the government that women expect equal representation where it matters.

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Why this story matters:

Of late, women's absence on banknotes has been in the news. Canada has announced it would feature a woman -- other than a queen -- on its 10$ bill, and American citizens are also requesting both genders on their money.

It was with this wave of change in mind that fashion journalist Janina Nectara Constantin sent a petition to the media.  In it, she invited the Governor of the National Bank of Romania, Mugur Isarescu, to choose a woman out of a list of 100 outstanding female figures prepared in honor of Romania's centenary. 

"Recognizing the merits of a single woman by placing it on a banknote means to honor all the others," states the petition.

So far, over 50 media organizations have written about the petition. Should the Governor of the National Bank agree, he would be spoiled for choice: he could opt for one of the first women neurosurgeons in the world, Sofia Ionescu, or one of the world's first female engineer, Elisa Leonida Zamfirescu, and the list goes on.

Details from the story:

  • So far, 3,000 people have voted for their Romanian favorite female personalities.
  • The petition states that: "The time has come, in the historic year of the Centenary of the Great Union, to honor the exceptional women of Romania! Women with ideals, achievements, and revolutionary actions should have their merits officially recognized and stand on the same pedestal as the deserving men of this country. On a banknote!”
  • Less than 24 hours after the start of the campaign, over 50 online publications had written about it.
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