|l-r: Mark Carney, Stella Creasy, Caroline Criado-Perez|
The campaign to retain a famous woman on at least one of our banknotes has won a significant advance. Since Elizabeth Fry - the previous sole woman - was replaced on the fiver by Sir Winston Churchill, under the benign governorship of Mervyn King, it looked like our folding cash was an indication that women don't really count.
However thanks to a campaign started by Caroline Criado-Perez and spread very effectively through change.org, yesterday the new Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney, announced the design for a new £10 note showing the (only surviving) image of Jane Austen.
The Guardian today reports on the significant role played by Walthamstow's MP:
The new design launch took place yesterday at the Jane Austen Museum in her old house Chawton Cottage in Hampshire. As well as the portrait of Austen, the new note will include images of her writing desk and quills at Chawton Cottage, in Hampshire, where she lived; her brother's home, Godmersham Park, which she visited often, and is thought to have inspired some of her novels, and a quote from Miss Bingley, in Pride and Prejudice: "I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!"