Women Whose Image Has Been on Money Around the World

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Edith Cowan (1861-1932)
> Known as: Suffragette
> Country: Australia
> Denomination: 50 dollars

Social worker and suffragette Edith Cowan was the first Australian woman elected to that country’s Parliament in 1921, one year after women were first allowed to run for that office.

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Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845)
> Known as: Prison reformer
> Country: United Kingdom
> Denomination: 5 pounds

Elizabeth Fry, born to a middle-class Quaker family in England, championed prison reform, receiving the support of Queen Victoria and Florence Nightingale.

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Emmy Destinn (1878-1930)
> Known as: Opera singer
> Country: Czech Republic
> Denomination: 2,000 koruna

Czech opera singer Emmy Destinn was known for her interpretations of “Aida,” “Tosca,” and “Salome.” She was admired by Enrico Caruso and Arturo Toscanini, and in the early 1900s was the highest-paid female singer at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

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Eva Perón (1919-1952)
> Known as: First lady of Argentina
> Country: Argentina
> Denomination: 100 pesos

The charismatic Eva Perón – subject of the hit Broadway musical “Evita” – used her influence as wife of President Juan Perón to gain the vote for women in Argentina.

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Fatma Aliye Topuz (1862-1936)
> Known as: First female novelist in the Muslim world
> Country: Turkey
> Denomination: 50 lire

Fatma Aliye Topuz is considered to be the first female Muslim novelist in the Muslim world in general and in Turkish literature specifically. She addressed women’s issues in many of her works and spoke out against polygamy.

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