Huppert backs campaign to keep women on English banknotes

15 July, 2013 No Comments

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert is supporting a campaign to make sure women are represented on English banknotes.

The campaign has been launched after the Bank of England removed social reformer, Elizabeth Fry from the £5 note leaving the banknotes totally dominated by men.

Fry was only the second female after Florence Nightingale to be honoured in this way and campaigners claim that is unacceptable as women make up 50 per cent of the population.

Julian has signed a Commons’ Early Day Motion supporting a 30,000 signature petition – Bank of England: Keep a woman on English banknotes.

The motion says “there is a range of alternative national figures that could be considered for such recognition”.

“Women have played a part in the rich history of this country and I cannot understand the thinking behind this decision not to recognise their hugely significant contributions,” said Julian.

“Honouring these women on our banknotes not only supports equal representation but values their contributions and makes them role models for the next generation of young women. This could raise the aspirations and achievements of these young people.”

After months of public pressure, the Bank of England has told campaigners that Jane Austen is “quietly waiting in the wings” but campaigners claim it has failed to commit to comply with its obligations under the 2010 Equality Act.

 

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