Ten Women We’d Like To See On The New Fiver

The Bank of England has walked into a feminist hail storm for trying to replace the only woman (aside from the Queen) acknowledged on a bank note with some bloke called Winston Churchill. Here’s a few astonishing British ladies Sir Mervyn King might like to tip a hat to instead.

1. Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928), for campaigning tirelessly for women’s rights.

2. Violette Szabo (1921-1945), a British secret agent tragically executed in WWII.

3. Agatha Christie (1890-1976) for selling four billion novels worldwide.

4. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836-1917), for being the first English woman to qualify as a physician and surgeon in Britain.

5. Octavia Hill (1838-1912), for helping the poor and co-founding the National Trust.

6. Mary Seacole (1805-1881), for pioneering modern nursing.

7. Edith Cavell (1865-1915), for treating both German and Allied soldiers in occupied Belgium before being shot by the Germans for treason.

8. Ellen Wilkinson (1891-1947), for being one of the first female MPs and raising the school leaving age as the Minister of Education.

9. Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), for advocating women’s rights and giving birth to a daughter that would write Frankenstein.

10. Jane Austen (1775-1815), for Pride and Prejudice among others, although she’ll probably be on the tenner soon.

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