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To think they could find at least ONE inspirational woman to put on our bank notes?

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MiniPenguinMaker Sat 27-Apr-13 17:37:42

I have to admit that I felt a bit miffed when I saw that Elizabeth Fry was being phased out and replaced by Winston Churchill from 2016.

There will be NO women left on British currency. Surely they could find a few? Emmeline Pankhurst perhaps?!

It gives the impression that the achievements of British women are not considered worthy of recognition. I have been getting really grumpy about this. I wonder who makes these decisions and whether this has even occurred to them. Am I being unreasonable to feel peeved that us women make up a significant proportion of the population and yet when we pay for things with our hard-earned cash it is a bunch of dead white men on there?

Lucyellensmum95 Sat 27-Apr-13 17:40:28

Maybe they could put Margeret thatcher on a tenner!! grin

WTFisABooyhooISBooyhoo Sat 27-Apr-13 17:42:13

do you know i didn't realise there was anyone other than the queen on the bank notes (in my defence i live in NI and we have several different types of bank notes all legal here so 'english' notes aren't something i see everyday.

but yes this is awful if correct. how is it being justified?

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Sat 27-Apr-13 17:42:23

Um... if you turn every bank note over you get... the Queen! Can't get any more inspirational than that! grin

WTFisABooyhooISBooyhoo Sat 27-Apr-13 17:45:39

i'm not so sure the queen is inspirational.

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Sat 27-Apr-13 17:48:16

She's the head of state! I do wish she'd get rid of the current government though. sad

PatPig Sat 27-Apr-13 17:49:04


CloudsAndTrees Sat 27-Apr-13 17:50:27

I'm sure they could, but I'd rather have no women (other than the queen) than have a token woman just for the sake of there being a woman.

Teeb Sat 27-Apr-13 17:52:27

Agree with cloudAndTrees

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Sat 27-Apr-13 17:52:27

Rosalind Franklin was vital in the discovery of DNA, it would be nice to see her on a note.

MardyBra Sat 27-Apr-13 17:54:36

Yanbu. There are lots to choose from:

Mary Woolstencraft
Florence Nightingale
One of the Brontes
Jane Austen
Emmeline Pankhurst, like you say.
Elizabeth I
Eleanor of Acquitaine
Elizabeth Garret Anderson

MardyBra Sat 27-Apr-13 17:54:57

But please not Maggie or Princess Di.

WTFisABooyhooISBooyhoo Sat 27-Apr-13 17:58:17

"She's the head of state! "

she was born into it. hardly something i want my children to aspire to "look ds, you work hard and one day you can be royalty too" erm no, he wont be. ever. no matter how much he wanted it. i'd rather he had real aspirations and had real inspirational people to look to.

OutragedFromLeeds Sat 27-Apr-13 17:58:21

Cheryl Cole? grin

OutragedFromLeeds Sat 27-Apr-13 17:59:43

Seriously though, YANBU.

It's pathetic.

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Sat 27-Apr-13 18:00:04

She's already on it, WTF.

Surely there's better inspirational women than Cheryl Cole?

WTFisABooyhooISBooyhoo Sat 27-Apr-13 18:01:54

cheryl is a MN joke grin

shes already on what lady? the notes? yes i know, they aren't removing her are they? she's head of state, that's why she's on it. it's not because she is inspirtational.

OutragedFromLeeds Sat 27-Apr-13 18:02:54

tbf though she might not be by 2016....she's fairly elderly you know....

breatheslowly Sat 27-Apr-13 18:04:16

I was under the impression that having a beard was important for bank note security. Most women don't have beards, but nor did Churchill.

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Sat 27-Apr-13 18:05:02

Poor Prince Phillip isn't looking in the best of health sad

BigKidsMadeMeDoIt Sat 27-Apr-13 18:05:35

if I remember correctly, Florence Nightingale used to be on a bank note? the Bank of England have to change who is on each note every so often (maybe to help against forgery?)

I agree its a shame that there won't be a woman but its not like Churchill didn't do anything for this country.

perhaps the answer is to lobby for one of the women listed upthread to go onto the next changed note?

TiggyD Sat 27-Apr-13 18:47:42

There was also that frumpy lady on notes. Forgot the name though. Lizzy Fry?

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Sat 27-Apr-13 18:49:01

Elizabeth Fry was one of the key reformers of the prisons in the UK.

Nux Sat 27-Apr-13 18:54:11

The Women's Room have started a petition on this if anyone is interested in signing - I signed, as I feel that women's contribution in history is marginalised at the best of times and it seems unfair and unnecessary to have no women represented on notes at all.


TiggyD Sat 27-Apr-13 18:56:43

Apart from the queen.

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