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Which woman would you put on a banknote?

At Cybher recently I was introduced to the campaign to Keep a Woman on English Banknotes. The background to this is that there have only ever been two women of merit on English banknotes and pretty soon there will be none, as Elizabeth Fry is being replaced with Winston Churchill.

The Queen is there by birthright, but other than that are there really so few women in the UK whose achievements are worth honouring? What message does that send to the rest of us?

So this campaign is challenging us to think of which women we'd like to see on a banknote, and to send a message to the Bank of England that women won't be shunted off the agenda quite so easily.

Sian has made her suggestions here and tagged me to chuck in my fiver's worth.


The first name that occurred to me was Viv Nicholson. Viv was a glamorous Sixties heroine who won millions in the football pools and proceeded to embrace life with gusto and verve until she went broke.  She's known for her Spend, Spend, Spend cri de coeur, which seems appropriate for a banknote.

And to Smiths fans Viv Nicholson is known as the cover star of Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now. Dennis the cat will now demonstrate:


Viv Nicholson Heave Knows I'm Miserable Now cover star
Dennis the cat loves The Smiths

Again this is appropriate to modern times in many ways. Heaven knows, so many of us are miserable now.

But Viv, bless her cotton socks, is still alive, and I can't help thinking that this should be a posthumous honour.

Jane Austen stares down a zombie


Then I thought about Jane Austen because, well, she's a good 'un isn't she? Plus I loved Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Hang on, that wasn't one of hers you say? Oh well in that case better think again.


And then I came across a reference to Eglantyne Jebb, social reformer and founder of the Save the Children Fund.

Jebb only lived to 52 but spent her life championing children's rights, leaving a legacy that has helped millions of young people's lives.

And yet she's quoted as having said "I don't care for children...the little wretches".

Eglantyne Jebb, inspiring activist and pioneer of LOLs - you're my choice for a banknote.


Eglantyne Jebb


I'm going to tag a few bloggers to ask them to post about who they think should be on a banknote.

So what do you reckon The Kraken Wakes, El from Eljae, Rosie Scribble , Blossom from Geek Chic and Ruby from Feed Me Books Now

Feel free to blog about the banknotes campaign, or at very least give it a few moment's thought - which women spring to mind? Do any? What does that tell you about how we honour our women of merit in the UK?

You can also join the #Banknotes campaign by signing the petition. There's a post to link up to on Nixdminx blog and a #Banknotes Pinterest board where all campaign faces will be featured. You can also tweet your suggestions using the #Banknotes hashtag.


~Later that night~

Doh! I totally forgot that we have a woman on a banknote on our living room wall. here she is:

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Yes, that's an actual Banksy. And what do you think of Princess Diana on a banknote? Could this be a prediction of something to come?

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