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All About The Benjamins

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We've posted about the fact that women are rarely shown on coins or paper currency, and the U.S. is no exception. Now, Turkey has chosen a writer as the first woman to adorn the country's bank notes (left). The Times of India asks, is a female on currency a manifestation of a country's outlook on women? "In India, there is not a single instance of a woman's portrait on a currency note, right from the time paper currency came into being, through the British era and till today," says Rajiv Jain, a currency dealer in Delhi. There was just once a coin featuring Indira Gandhi, issued in 1985. [Guardian, Feminist Law Profs, Times Of India]


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Erin Gloria Ryan

In trying economic times like these, we need not quibble over the gender of those featured on currency; we have enough bummers out there without worrying about sexism. Lets instead unite, men and women, to lobby for LOLCurrency featuring adorable kittehs and puppehs.