Viola Desmond is Now On the $10 Bill

Confused by woman on the new $10 bill? Well let us tell you: She was a badass. 

In 1946, Viola Desmond stood up for the rights of black people in Nova Scotia by refusing to give up her seat at a movie theatre. She refused to sit in the "coloured" section and police had to drag the 4'11'' woman out of the movie theatre. They held her in jail overnight but Desmond didn’t sleep. Instead she sat upright, still wearing her white gloves, which were a sign of sophistication at time.


Desmond was fined $20 and sentenced to 30 days in jail. She was also convicted of defrauding the Nova Scotia government for the difference in tax between what white patrons paid on the ground floor (with a better view) and the black patrons in the balcony. The total tax disparity? One cent. (WHICH SHE PAID BTW)

She was was chosen from more than 460 eligible candidates by the federal government and Bank of Canada.

On Thursday, Canada honoured her memory and impact by putting her image on the new $10 bill.

Desmond's sister Wanda Robson helped reveal the bill and has nabbed the first copy. The bills won't enter circulation until late 2018.