So many things have stuck with me from my first trip back to Colombia a few years back. But one of the most notable moments was…money. Well, not currency per se, but rather, whom la patria decided to depict on their paper money. Many people think that the U.S. is one of the most forward-thinking nations, but when I saw a woman on a 10,000 peso bill, I had to wonder why we have only featured men on ours.
Now, of course, this isn’t just ANY mujer. This is La Pola! (pictured above) Back in the 18th century, La Pola (aka Policarpa Salavarrieta) was a spy for the revolutionaries during the Spanish Reconquista in Bogota, Colombia.
Read more about her here on this Wikipedia entry. Que viva La Pola!
Do you think we will ever see American heroines on U.S. tender?