Viola Desmond

Halifax-born  Viola Desmond was an entrepreneur who found success in running her own hair salon. The trained beautician opened a beauty school where she was a mentor to many black Canadian women. But across the country, Desmond is remembered for bravely challenging segregation: while at a movie theatre in 1946 in New Glasgow, N.S., she was forcibly removed after sitting on the ground floor—the whites-only section. Although Desmond offered to pay the one-cent difference in tax, she was still arrested and sentenced to 30 days in jail and charged a $26 fine.  In 2018, She became the first Canadian woman to appear on the face of a Canadian banknote.

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