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7.12.13 … Jane Austen on a £10 note :) …

Jane Austen,  £10 banknotes, Business | guardian.co.uk:  What a nice thought … However, ” [h]istorical figures were first introduced on British banknotes in 1970, since when there have been only two women: Fry and Florence Nightingale. The others have all been men, from William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens to composer Sir Edward Elgar and scientist Michael Faraday.”

King provoked a storm of protest when he announced that the only woman to appear on an English banknote other than the Queen – the prison reformer Elizabeth Fry – would be replaced by Winston Churchill in 2015. Campaigners have threatened to take the Bank to court for discrimination under the 2010 Equality Act.

Historical figures were first introduced on British banknotes in 1970, since when there have been only two women: Fry and Florence Nightingale. The others have all been men, from William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens to composer Sir Edward Elgar and scientist Michael Faraday.

Caroline Criado-Perez, who is organising the legal action against the Bank, said she would not be “placated” by King’s remarks. “He is still talking in conditionals and I am afraid that is just not good enough. It is not good enough in terms of the demands of the campaign and it is also not good enough according to the Equality Act … which, as we have been saying all along, is about needing to know that the decision-making process is fair and equitable.”

Last week a group of 46 Labour MPs and peers, including former ministers Harriet Harman, Yvette Cooper and Labour leader of the Lords Baroness Royall, called on the Bank to review its decision to drop Fry. “The fact that Florence Nightingale is the only other woman who has ever been represented alongside Elizabeth Fry also suggests there is a need for the Bank to show stronger leadership in honouring the role of women in our nation’s history,” they wrote in a letter to the Bank’s board of directors, which was copied to Prime Minister David Cameron.

More than 29,000 people, have signed a petition to keep women on English banknotes, damning Fry’s relegation as “yet another example of how the establishment undervalues the contributions of women to history”.

“Nobody has put money to better uses in their novels than her,” Mullan said. “There are plenty of novelists who think that money is important and make you aware of that when you are reading, but she makes her characters aware of it, which is a rather more brilliant thing.

via Jane Austen could grace £10 banknotes, Mervyn King says | Business | guardian.co.uk.

My twitter source …

Daniel Pink (@DanielPink)
Jane Austen could grace £10 banknotes in the UK . . . gu.com/p/3gzq3/tw via @guardian

 


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