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Bank of England removal of females from bank notes - donate towards the legal challenge

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zigzoo Fri 21-Jun-13 14:50:04

I think I've seen a thread about this somewhere but wanted to highlight as they only need another £1,215 to raise the total needed to mount the legal challenge!

I think this would send an incredibly powerful message to institutions who are failing to consider women when they make decisions.

In April 2013, the Bank of England announced that they were removing the only female historical figure from our banknotes and replacing her with another white man. We are challenging them under the 2010 Equality Act which states that in every decision a public body takes, they must pay due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination and promote equality. The Bank of England has refused to provide any evidence that they have done this and have claimed that the figures on banknotes are irrelevant to equality.

This may be a small issue. But a sexist culture where women are routinely overlooked, undermined and abused is made up of small issues, and if we want to tackle that culture we can't ignore them small issues. Small begets big.

So if you think it's important that women's achievements have historically been ignored, if you think it's important that women still don't have equal pay, if you think it's important that women's voices are drowned out in public debate, HELP US CHANGE THAT.

Donate here

Sign petition here

scallopsrgreat Fri 21-Jun-13 19:53:28

It is part of cultural genocide and the eradication of women from history. Small matter, big connotations.

scallopsrgreat Fri 21-Jun-13 19:54:25

Not cultural genocide, cultural femicide

zigzoo Sat 22-Jun-13 13:42:53

They only need £550 now! Please donate if you can. You can do it via PayPal.

SingingSilver Sat 22-Jun-13 15:05:06

Donated. Thanks for raising awareness of this.

SingingSilver Sat 22-Jun-13 15:06:08

By the way at tome of posting they only need £85 to meet their target

SingingSilver Sat 22-Jun-13 15:06:22


tribpot Sat 22-Jun-13 15:18:47

They're now at target! Thanks for the reminder.

zigzoo Sat 22-Jun-13 21:48:55

Yeah! Very excited to see what happens with the legal challenge now.

FreedomOfTheTess Tue 25-Jun-13 12:47:43

Jane Austen may appear on £10 note

Dervel Tue 25-Jun-13 15:20:15

Ummm isn't the Queen on all our banknotes?

scallopsrgreat Tue 25-Jun-13 15:24:37


Dervel Tue 25-Jun-13 15:38:08

Sorry thread title misled me. Can't we frame this discussion in terms of recognition of great female Britons? I'd like to see any of these on a banknote:

Beatrice Shilling
Vera Lynn
Ada Lovelace

or perhaps most fitting given the topic Emmeline Pankhurst. That would send out a very positive message wouldn't it?

ThirdTimesABrokenFanjo Tue 25-Jun-13 16:01:18

I'm fine with this, so long as in 10 years time when there is a king on the bank note every one else on the notes be a woman.

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 25-Jun-13 16:47:48


Sorry to be a spoilsport but we don't really allow links to petitions or fund-raising activities in OPs unless they're in the Charities Noticeboard, Volunteering and Charitable Giving, or the Petitions Noticeboard. We're going to move this to the Petitions Noticeboard now.

Feel free to start another thread about the banknote issue, but without links to the petition and the fundraising (or you risk being reported and moved again!)


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