Portrait Swap on £10 note

Seems that there will be another change of noted person appearing on the British 10 pound note. I’m glad for it, but Brits shouldn’t complain about the ratio of men to women. We have never changed the faces on the US dollar. We’re stuck with stuffy old presidents.

Here’s evolution for you: Jane Austen may be set to replace Charles Darwin on the British £10 note.

That’s according to the retiring governor of the Bank of England, Sir Mervyn King, who has said that the author of “Pride and Prejudice” is “quietly waiting in the wings” to take her place on British currency.

Since 1970, when historical figures began appearing on British banknotes, the Guardian reports,
“there have been only two women: [Elizabeth] Fry and Florence Nightingale. The others have all been men, from William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens to composer Sir Edward Elgar and scientist Michael Faraday.”

The Austen comment is thought to be an attempt to placate those who objected to the removal of Fry, a prison reformer, and replacing her with Winston Churchill. Almost 30,000 people have signed a petition urging the bank not to remove one of the few women it has included in its program.

“An all-male line-up on our banknotes sends out the damaging message that no woman has done anything important enough to appear,” the petition reads. “This is patently untrue.”

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