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New banknotes designed to highlight the 88% gender gap on global currency for International Women’s Day

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Merchant Machine analysed the top legal tender currencies around the world and propose 6 of the most influential women of today to replace and create equal banknotes for the future

Did you know that…

  • 69 of the 177 legal tender currencies around the world are 100% male
  • The Danish krone, Swedish krona, and Australian dollar are the only currencies with an equal number of women and men on banknotes
  • Women on banknotes are associated with greater gender equality
  • The US dollar, Chinese yuan, and Indian rupee have never featured women on banknotes, only men
  • Queen Elizabeth II appears on 35 different countries banknotes, more countries than anyone else in history

To counteract this gender disparity, we showcase six of the most influential women of 2020 who we feel are deserving to adorn the future series of banknotes. From leading us through the Covid-19 pandemic, fighting for climate change, dominating the music and athletic spaces to revolutionising the political landscapes, these are the women making modern history.

Oprah Winfrey

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Net Worth: £1.8 Billion

Oprah Winfrey is the first black female billionaire and has transformed her hit talk show, which ran for 25 years, into a media and business empire.

Kamala Harris

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Net Worth: £4,6 Million

Kamala Harris is the first female Vice President in history, first Indian-American woman to be elected to the United States Senate and the first African-American and first woman to serve as California’s attorney general.

Angela Merkel

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Net Worth:  £8.3 Million

Angela Merkel is the first female Chancellor of Germany and served a commendable 4 terms. She acted as a de facto leader to Europe, leading the region’s largest economy and Germany from financial crisis back to financial growth.

Greta Thunberg

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Net Worth: £1 Million

Thunberg is internationally renowned for challenging world leaders to take action against climate change. She led 4 million people across the globe in the largest climate change demonstration in history on September 20, 2019, as well as starting a worldwide movement called the “How dare you” speech.

Taylor Swift

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Net Worth: £265 Million

Taylor Swift is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, winning 10 Grammys and other awards and produced two of the top 10 2020 best selling albums during the pandemic. The American popstar is also one of the key pioneers of LGBT rights.

Serena Williams

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Net Worth: £145 Million

Serena Williams was the former world No. 1 in women’s singles tennis and has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most wins by any player in the Open Era and the second-most grand slam wins of all time.

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