Black Women on Currency

Ethiopia

Ethiopia - 10 Birr - date: 1989/1997 - P48a

Ethiopia, the most populous landlocked nation it the world has ancient stories and roots featured in this 10 birr banknote with female basket weaver.

The banknote was first issued in 1969 during Emperor Haile Selassie’s reign. It replaced the earlier Birrs which had images of other rulers.

Before the Birrs, Ethiopia used the Image of Maria Thalers on their currrencies, representing the colonial rule of the Austrian Empress.

The Lira and Shilling were also used in Ethiopia, showing other colonizing forces present in the country.

Despite the many challenges and struggles, the peaceful 10 Birr remains used today, honoring the common women.

Egypt

The Egyptian pound is the currency of Egypt. It is divided into 100 piastres, or ersh, or 1,000 milliemes. The Egyptian pound is frequently abbreviated as LE or L.E., which stands for livre égyptienne. E£ and £E are commonly used on the internet.

Jamaica

500 Jamaican Dollars banknote (Nanny of the Maroons) - Exchange yours

Today, Nanny is the only woman in Jamaica whose image graces the $500 note. The people of Jamaica are grateful for an Asante woman, their ancestor, who was forced to come over lands and seas and contribute to their emancipation.

Nigerian Naira

The Life And Times Of The Woman On The Fifty Naira Note | The ICIR

The naira is the official currency of Nigeria and one of the symbols of its nationhood. First issued in 1973, this currency has seen several devaluations over the years but more importantly, it has been deployed to honor some of Nigeria’s past heroes.

The Role of Women in Cultural Representation

While westernized nations have seen their women achieve gender equality, other less developed nations, especially in Africa have seen women fight for their basic rights in the society. However, many are now breaking from the cycle and and are now assuming most important roles in our society and culture.

Women are Caretakers

Women take care of children from an early age and guide them into adulthood. Studies have indicated that when there is a change in the economic and political organization, women take the lead in assisting the family to adjust to the changes.

Women are Educators

It is the mother in the family who mostly urges children to attend and stay in school. Besides, they are the ones who take care of the children, assisting them with homework, and preparing them for school.

Research has shown that education can improve the productivity of a country both in agriculture and the economy.

Workforce

Today, the median share of the global workforce is around 46%. Women’s formal and informal labor is capable of transforming a community from an autonomous society to a participant in the economy.

Despite the notable struggles, women’s small businesses create a network of an economic foundation for the future generation.

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