#1 By: Cory Doctorow, July 25th, 2013 23:10
#2 By: Jerry_Dunn, July 25th, 2013 23:29
England has a writer on its10. The U.S. has a banker. Discuss.
#3 By: Jonathan Roberts, July 25th, 2013 23:49
The English 20 pound note has a Scottish economist on it.
#4 By: daneel, July 26th, 2013 00:03
Austen's a bit of a boring choice.
Should have gone with Ada Lovelace, Emmeline Pankhurst or Mary Somerville.
Hell, go with all of them.
Edit: I see Cory already mentioned two of the above. Guess I should have RTFA. Oh well, I'm going to blame the article being separated from the comments.
#5 By: Dennis Armstrong, July 26th, 2013 00:07
#6 By: Ashley Yakeley, July 26th, 2013 00:08
I look forward to the Ada Lovelace fiver
and the Emmeline Pankhurst 20
Much as one might approve of her vigorous opposition to communism and defence of British imperialism, I suspect her criminal record might count against her.
#7 By: Ook Boo, July 26th, 2013 00:11
a Canadian, from a country where the money is staunchly blokey
I didn't realize Queen Elizabeth was a "staunch bloke."...
#8 By: bzishi, July 26th, 2013 00:22
Was writing the Federalist Papers not the work of a writer?
#9 By: DaveUK, July 26th, 2013 00:36
I doubt it. When the cause is just, people tend to forget about the terror tactics used, which in the case of the WSPU (the group she founded) included arson and bombings.
Similarly with Nelson Mandela, people remember the just cause but forget that he was chairman of the MK, which conducted an extensive bombing campaign.
There is some considerable controversy over the extent of Ada Lovelace's contributions to programming. However there are plenty of other British female scientists to chose from. How about Rosalind Franklin?
#10 By: daneel, July 26th, 2013 00:52
I'm fine with that argument (even if it does define being born as something of a major achievement worthy of celebration), so long as after the old dear pops her clogs and we have Charlie, Billy and then Georgie as King, we have nothing but eminent women on the other side.
Could be worse, I guess. Am I right in thinking that no US banknotes have ever had a woman on them?
#11 By: jake0748, July 26th, 2013 01:03
Here in the US, we only get dead Presidents? Bo-ring. It would be cool if we could have Neil Armstrong, Muhammad Ali, Edgar Allan Poe, Janis Joplin on our specie.
#12 By: kmoser, July 26th, 2013 01:32
Incorrect. While women are a rarity on US banknotes, people of color are even more rare.
#13 By: Aloisius, July 26th, 2013 01:49
In 1886, Martha Washington was on the $1. I believe she was the only actual historical women to be depicted as the main figure on US paper money.
Pocahontas was on the 1896-1878 $10, but it was an allegorical representation.
There were some women on the $100 in 1880 though I'm not sure who they are (or if they were real people).
The Educational Series of notes contained images of women (though as allegorical figures). The $500 had a a picture of allegorical Justice depicted as a woman.
The $10 at one point had topless women on it (again, allegorical).
US paper money used to be far more interesting.
#14 By: Paul Leader, July 26th, 2013 02:09
Well the current £5 note has Elizabeth Fry (the prison reformer) on it. She will be replaced by Winston Churchill with the new set.
So the total set of notes will continue to have one woman and three men.
£5 Elizabeth Fry
£10 Charles Darwin
£20 Adam Smith
£50 Matthew Boulton and James Watt
The fiver will change to Churchill in 2016, and the tenner to Austin in 2017. So for a while there will be no women.
#15 By: Aloisius, July 26th, 2013 02:19
Jane Austen will appear on a new issue of the English £10 note, a
welcome break in the sausage-fest that presently constitutes our
I do find it interesting that the Queen is apparently not considered a woman. She is on every single Bank of England note last I checked. With Elizabeth Fry, pictures of women constitute 50% of all pictures on Bank of England notes (would have been greater, but Matthew Boulton and James Watt are on the 50).
#16 By: daneel, July 26th, 2013 02:32
I actually like these suggestions of Boudicca & Mary Seacole.
As pointed out by many commenters, though, Marie Stopes' views on eugenics probably rule her out as a good choice.
What about Amy Johnson, or Grace Darling?
How about a Margaret Thatcher note?
#17 By: Peregrinus Phoenix, July 26th, 2013 02:54
You can't imagine my distress at the loss of Darwin. I like Austen, but would have preferred Nanny from Peter Pan.
[Note the national publicity gained by Carney with this event]
#18 By: Dan_Morrison, July 26th, 2013 03:30
So long as the total set of currency excludes coinage?
Numerically (though not numismatically) , I'd think that the female of the species is more prevalent than the male though - if you were to count all legal tender..
#19 By: Jardine, July 26th, 2013 03:45
Has any other country produced a bill with an alien on it?
#20 By: Psychonaut, July 26th, 2013 04:43
Last I checked Benjamin Franklin (on the $100 note) was never a president. Some unusual denominations in the last century also had no presidents—Salmon P. Chase ($10000) comes to mind.
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