The choice of historical figures portrayed on banknotes is always fraught with politics. In Turkey, the central bank is coming under fire for its choice for the first woman to appear on the country's banknotes. -EditorTurkey's central bank has been criticised by secularists for choosing a previously obscure Ottoman writer as the first woman to adorn the country's bank notes.
Critics say the choice of Fatma Aliye, believed to be Turkey's first female novelist, represents a surrender to religious conservative forces and a snub to others who fought for women's rights.
Aliye, who died in 1936 and was the daughter of a senior Ottoman bureaucrat and historian, is among several historical figures who will appear on the notes from January. The notes are being minted to mark the inauguration of a fresh currency to replace the existing New Turkish Lira.
A central bank-appointed committee also chose a mathematician, a composer, an architect and a 13th-century Sufi mystic in a departure from the established practice of notes carrying political figures.
But the committee has been accused of bowing to pressure from the ruling Islamist-leaning Justice and Development party (AKP) in choosing Aliye and overlooking Halide Edip Adivar, a writer and feminist icon who fought beside Atat|rk.
To read the complete article, see: First woman on banknote 'snub' to secular Turkey (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/oct/13/turkey-gender)
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