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Wednesday 5 June 2013

Keep A Woman On English Banknotes Campaign

At Cybher this weekend we spoke about The Womens Room campaign to Keep a Woman on English Banknotes and we need your help and support to reach the target of 35,000 signatures on the #Banknotes petition. Here's why.

The Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, has announced that social reformer Elizabeth Fry  is to be replaced by Winston Churchill as the face of the £5 note. This means that, apart from the Queen (who isn't there by merit), there will be no women featuring on English banknotes.

The Bank of England first introduced British personalities on the back of its banknotes in 1970 and since then only two have ever been women. Florence Nightingale (£10, 1975 to 1994) and Elizabeth Fry (£5, 2002 to current). 

What message does this all-male line-up on banknotes send out? That no woman has done anything worthy enough to appear? Now we know that's not the case. Not only have numerous women remerged as leading figures in their fields, they have got there by fighting against the historic odds stacked against their gender.

It's shocking that the establishment continues to overlook and undervalue the achievements of women. This is 2013!


So, I'm getting behind the #Banknotes campaign. I've signed the petition and I'm helping the cause by getting as many bloggers and people 'with voice' to join in as possible by writing a post like this and sharing it out to their audience.

Who would my #Banknotes choice be? I'm actually struggling to keep it down to just one. Emmeline Pankhurst, Mary Quant, Enid Blyton, Amy Johnson, or the amazing P.D. James, who I met at the Woman of the Year Awards last year.

My #Banknotes Face

Modern inspirations or women we have to thank for how we are able to live as free citizens today? For me it has to be Emily Davison, Suffragette who was jailed on nine occasions and force-fed 49 times.
The powers that be were big on force-feeding the Suffragettes. Emily is perhaps best known for the way that she died. On 4th June 1913 (100 years ago yesterday), she stepped out in front of the King's horse at the Epsom Derby, sustaining injuries that led to her death four days later.

Banknotes Campaign Emily Davison

A hundred years on, the actions and lasting legacy of Davison, Pankhurst et al have allowed us women in the UK to have control over our own lives and future. That is to be celebrated and remembered. 
Find your voice and use it.

Banknotes Emily Davison Suffragette Died for the cause

I'm tagging a few bloggers (Emma aka Me, the man and the baby, my new friend Clare aka Eeethree, Jess aka JessicaMiln, Tolly aka TollyDollyPoshJoanne Mallon, Nickie aka Nickie72 and Fi aka Childcare is Fun) to set the ball rolling but anyone can take part.

To join the #Banknotes campaign please do sign the petition and if you have a blog, use it to tell others who you would like the Bank of England to feature on the next banknotes and why. There's a post link up over on Nixdminx blog and a Cybher, #Banknotes Pinterest board where all campaign faces will be featured. If you can't blog, tweet your suggestions using the #Banknotes hashtag, or leave a comment on this post and they will be added to the board.
Together we can make a change.

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