Keep a Woman on English Banknotes

Demonstration outside the Bank of England, July 2013

Demonstration outside the Bank of England, July 2013

Keep a Woman on Banknotes

On the 26th April 2013, the Bank of England announced that Winston Churchill would be replacing Elizabeth Fry on £5 notes, leaving paper currency woman-free. On the 27th April, Caroline started a petition on Change.org; within a week, the petition had attracted over 22,000 signatures and blanket coverage in both the print and broadcast media – including internationally. Over £13,000 was raised in two weeks from individual donations to fund a legal challenge under the 2010 Equality Act, should the Bank refuse to act. Press interest was maintained for an unprecedented three months, with the result being that Mark Carney’s first public communication as Governor addressed the issue. The campaign attracted high-profile support, with an open letter to the Bank from 46 Labour MPs and peers headed up by Stella Creasy; a highly publicised speech and appearance on Woman’s Hour from Ed Miliband; and support from Maria Miller, Minister for Women and Equalities and Mary Macleod, head of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Women in Parliament. Ultimately the Bank met with Caroline to hear her concerns personally, and an announcement from Carney is expected imminently.

For a full overview of the campaign, including statements, photos and full press coverage, please visit The Women’s Room; however please see below for selected press highlights:

Print
Zoe Williams in The Guardian
Stella Creasy in the New Statesman
Caroline Criado-Perez in The Guardian
John Coventry in The Huffington Post
The ObserverWomen on banknotes protest guardian pic The Guardian
The Times
The Daily Mail
The Independent
The Telegraph
The Huffington Post
The New Statesman
The Financial Times
The Globe & Mail
Los Angeles Times

Banknotes handin 2

Handing the 35,000 strong petition to Victoria Cleland, Head of Notes Division

Broadcast
BBC World News
Channel 4 News
CBBC Newsround
BBC Today Programme
BBC Woman’s Hour
BBC The World Tonight
Sky News Channel
BBC PM
BBC Breakfast
Voice of Russia
Global News