Women Whose Image Has Been on Money Around the World

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Luisa Cáceres de Arismendi (1799-1866)
> Known as: Heroine of War of Independence
> Country: Venezuela
> Denomination: 20 bolívares

Luisa Cáceres de Arismendi was the first Venezuelan woman to appear on her nation’s currency. She supported her husband, military leader Juan Bautista Arismendi, during Venezuela’s war for independence.

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Maria Montessori (1870-1952)
> Known as: Educator
> Country: Italy
> Denomination: 1,000 lire

Maria Montessori was an Italian physician – one of that nation’s first female doctors – who became best-known as an educator and innovator, known for her educational method that built on children’s natural desire to learn. There are now thousands of Montessori schools worldwide.

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Marie Curie (1867-1934)
> Known as: Nobel Prize-winning chemist
> Country: Poland
> Denomination: 20 zlote

Marie Curie is the only woman to ever win two Nobel Prizes. The Polish-born physicist and chemist who worked in France won for her work in both physics and chemistry.

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Martha Washington (1731-1802)
> Known as: Wife of George Washington
> Country: United States
> Denomination: 1 dollar

Martha Washington, wife of the nation’s first president, was the first woman whose image appeared on U.S. currency with the $1 silver certificate, first printed in 1886.

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Mary Gilmore (1865-1962)
> Known as: Poet and journalist
> Country: Australia
> Denomination: 10 dollars

Mary Gilmore, a poet and journalist from Australia, journeyed to Paraguay with other Australians in 1886 to set up a utopian socialist colony. That experiment failed, but back in Australia, she fought for the rights of the disadvantaged, including Aboriginal people and child workers.

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