Jane Austen on the £10...and Ada Lovelace on the £5?

Jane Austen on the £10...and Ada Lovelace on the £5?

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We were delighted when we first heard that Jane Austen was going to be featured on the £10 bank note in 2017. Especially as it wasn't an easy campaign to get her there. Caroline Criado-Perez fought hard against some real opposition to have her on the note once she learnt that Elizabeth Fry would no longer be on the £5. No women at all on bank notes (excepting the Queen) was not something she was going to stand for. But as America gets set to have eight women featuring in their new designs for 2020, Marie Claire magazine has asked why we should be limited to one woman only. They've suggested crime writer Agatha Christie, Crimean War nurse Mary Seacole, mathematician Ada Lovelace, suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, and the overlooked DNA scientist Rosalind Franklin as potential featured women. Who would you pick to join Jane Austen on our bank notes?


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