Jane Austen Wins Battle to Represent Women on £10 Note

By Gary Cutlack on at

The growing public outrage over the lack of successful ladies from history on our bank notes is set to end, after the Bank of England announced plans to stick literary queen Jane Austen on the English tenner from around 2017.

A sketch of Austen will be accompanied by a quote from Pride and Prejudice, in which Miss Bingley says: "I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!" -- quite a PR coup for struggling book retailers.

Austen will replace Charles Darwin as the face of £10, redressing the male/female imbalance that was created after the BofE announced it was pulling Elizabeth Fry off the fiver and replacing her with Winston Churchill from 2016. Men are still in the lead by some margin when it comes to having their faces on money, though... unless you count the Queen. [BofE via BBC]