Jane Austen bank note campaigner from Gospel Oak recognised in Birthday Honours

Left to right: MPs Mary Macleod and Stella Creasy with Caroline Criado-Perez and Mark Carney, Govern

Left to right: MPs Mary Macleod and Stella Creasy with Caroline Criado-Perez and Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England. - Credit: Getty Images

A feminist campaigner who received death threats via social media after calling for women to be depicted on bank notes has been recognised for her work in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Caroline Criado-Perez, who lives in Gospel Oak, has been made an OBE for her services to equality and diversity, particularly in the media.

In 2013, Ms Criado-Perez, a journalist, started a campaign calling on the Bank of England to re-think their decision to replace Elizabeth Fry with Winston Churchill on the £5 note, which left no women featured on the reverse of bank notes.

As a result of the campaign, which gained the support of 35,000 petitioners, Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, announced a change of plan and it is now intended that the image of Jane Austen will appear on the £10 note, likely from 2017.

Following Mr Carney’s decision, Ms Criado-Perez and other female campaigners were subject to threats of rape and death on Twitter.


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See Thursday’s Ham&High for a full list of Birthday Honours recipients in Camden, Barnet, Haringey and Westminster.

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