What a triumphant few days it has been for us ladies! At last, it has been revealed that Jane Austen, the famous 19th century author, will appear on the £10 bank note from 2017, replacing Charles Darwin.
We can’t think of a more deserving personality to grace our currency, but it certainly wasn’t an easy feat to make the change. It took an online petition of
35,000 people and some tireless campaigning from freelance journalist Caroline Criado-Perez to persuade the Bank of England to convert to a female figurehead.
But ever since the announcement was made, Ms. Criado-Perez has been receiving some terrible abuse from the online community including one man who sent her 50 abusive tweets every hour for 12 hours just because she spoke up in defence of women.
We can’t believe some people could respond so horribly to what should be good news. Come on, this is the 21st century – surely we should be beyond that sort of sexism by now?
Fortunately, the police are dealing with the offender and his comments won’t have any impact on the bank note redesign. So in light of this, are you glad that an historical female will be gracing our £10 note?
Perhaps this latest Twitter incident just goes to show how important it is for women’s talents to be celebrated just as much as men’s are?
Or do you think this is all just a lot of fuss? What do you make of the reaction to campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez?
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