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Shin
Korean banknote, embroidery floss
6  × 2.675 in
2017

Shin Saimdang was a 16th century artist, writer, calligraphist, and poet. In 2009, she was selected to appear on Korea’s highest denomination note for both her talent and for embodying the cultural ideals of being a dutiful daughter, devoted wife, and wise mother. This move wasn’t without controversy: some applauded the decision as an equal rights gesture, others claimed the selection only reinforced outdated, sexist stereotypes. In 2017, Shin Saimdang said “F*ck it,” reclaimed her agency, and got herself some unicorn hair.


Selma
Swedish banknote, embroidery floss
4.75 x 2.625 in
2016

Liz
British banknote, embroidery floss
5.825 x 3.15 in
2016

Abe
American banknote, embroidery floss
2.61 x 6.14 in
2016