08:45 27 July 2013
Bank of England has confirmed that Jane Austen will replace Charles Darwin on the next £10 note probably in 2017.
The decision came after three months when equality campaigners launched protest after Elizabeth Fry, who was the only female historical figure on a banknote, was replaced by Winston Churchill.
Chancellor George Osborne took to Twitter and said that the move showed “sense and sensibility.”
Women’s Room founder, Caroline Criado-Perez, who led the campaign, said: “This is a brilliant day for women and a fantastic one for people power. Without this campaign, without the 35,000 people who signed our Change.org petition, the Bank of England would have unthinkingly airbrushed women out of history.
“We warmly welcome this move from the Bank and thank them for listening to us and taking such positive and emphatic steps to address our concerns; to hear Jane Austen confirmed is fantastic, but to hear the process will be comprehensively reviewed is even better.”
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