The Bank of England one of the countries oldest institutions wanted to withdraw images of women from all bank notes. Thanks to a campaign by blogger and freelance journalist Caroline Criado-Perez (founder of The Womens Room ) they have agreed to feature novelist Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility) on a ten pound note in 2017.
Caroline started a Change.org petition because she “Couldn’t let another decision that airbrushed women out of history pass without challenge.” The petition (which I signed) gathered 35,000 signatures and the campaign was featured in The Guardian, The Telegraph and on the BBC news. It was also backed by MP’s.
Caroline delivered the petition to the Head of Notes at the bank and he agreed to a personal meeting.
I think this is a wonderful achievement but Jane Austin would not have been my first choice. I would have chosen Emmeline Pankhurst as she started the feminist movement which gave women the rights we so easily take for granted today. She also grew up just down the road from me as it happens.
*Amendment* Mary Seacole the incredibly brave nurse who cared for soldiers during the Crimean war, would also have been an equally worthy candidate.
Twitter Needs to Tighten Control on Abuse
Since the successful campaign, Caroline has been subjected to a sustained campaign of abuse in the form of rape threats on Twitter. She received some sporadic threats straight after the campaign but they thinned out, then suddenly she received a barrage as if they had been orchestrated. Caroline contacted Twitters’ Mark S Luckie but his response was to lock down his account!
High profile celebs such as Caitlin Moran and Dara O’Briain have spoken out in support. Caroline faced the abuse head on by saying “Someone issuing rape threats wants women to shut up and get off Twitter…We can’t let them win.”
Tony Wang Twitters’ UK General Manager said “We encourage users to report an account for violation of the Twitter rules by using one of our report forms.” So that’s hundreds of individual forms to be filled out then! Seriously? Twitter has now decided to look into some form of ‘Report Abuse’ button to be added to Tweets.
Sign the petition to get the ‘Report Abuse’ button actioned on Twitter as soon as possible!
So to all you lovely people,
What women would you like to see on future bank notes?
Have you ever formally reported abuse on Twitter and was it dealt with sufficiently?