Did you know that the Author Jane Austen is set to feature on the next £10 note replacing Charles Darwin, this is expected to happen in 2017.
Why you ask? Well in April the bank prompted a high campaign against the prospect of having no female characters, besides the Queen, on UK currency. It had been announced that Sir Winston Churchill would be put on the £5 note in 2016 replacing social reformer Elizabeth Fry. This announcement means that women could be absent from the newly issued bank note for up to a year, but the Elizabeth Fry £5 note will still be in circulation.
The decision to replace Elizabeth Fry on the £5 note prompted protests and discussion about female representation on banks notes, but Jane Austen was thought to have already been part of the banks plans for the next note. In fact Sir Mervyn King in his last public appearance as governor of the bank said that the author was ‘quietly waiting in the wings’ to replace Darwin.
There was a campaign led by Caroline Criado Perez which put increased pressure on the new governor through protest, an on-line petition that was signed by 35,000 people and posed the threat of legal action. Caroline was invited to speak to the bank officials about the situations in July 2013, following this, the announcement was made that Jane Austen would be the new face of the £10 note. Caroline described this as “a brilliant day for women and fantastic for people power” she said “To hear Jane Austen confirmed is fantastic but to hear the process will be comprehensively reviewed is even better”.
What do you think about the faces of the notes being changed? Does it really have that much of an impact?