tenner,victory, equality campaigners, Jane Austen, £10 note, Home News – UK – The Independent: JANE BEAT OUT CHURCHILL! But it was only after some civilized protest!
The decision is a swift victory for equality campaigners who launched a protest just three months ago after the bank declared it would be replacing social reformer Elizabeth Fry – the only female historical figure on a banknote – with Winston Churchill.
In a second victory, the bank will also review the process it uses to select historical figures for banknotes in the future – a decision likely to be influenced by the threat of legal action by campaigners. Solicitors wrote to the bank in May threatening court action for its failure to consider equality laws in the way it decided which historical figures appeared on a note.
More than 35,000 people signed a petition complaining that replacing Fry with Churchill on the £5 note would wipe women from Britain’s history. The petition was handed into the Bank of England earlier this month.