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Viola Desmond just wanted to see the screen better when she sat in the unofficial “whites only” section of a New Glasgow, NS movie theatre in 1946. When she was asked to move, she refused—and was forcibly removed, sent to jail and fined. Her actions sparked the beginning of the civil rights movement in Canada, but Desmond was also a successful beauty boss who owned her own company, made her own products and opened a beauty school for Black women in Halifax. In 2016, she was selected to be the first Black woman—and non-royal—featured alone on Canadian currency (the new $10 bill!).
Meet 5 Canadian Rebels Who Are Rewriting the Rules in their Fields
Rebel Rouser Amanda Joy: Co-creator, co-executive producer and co-star of Second Jen
Rebel Rouser Eman Idil Bare: Law student, journalist and fashion designer
Rebel Rouser Alanna Harvey: Co-creator and chief marketing officer, Flipd
Rebel Rouser Ann Makosinski: Inventor and student
Rebel Rouser Ursula Johnson: Interdisciplinary artist