Was Jane Austen really the best idea the women could come up with? Furious campaigning from feminists has resulted in the rather mimsy authoress being chosen to adorn the back of our new ten quid notes. There’s another woman, of course, on the other side – the Queen. But as she’s an inbred fascist agent of imperialism, she doesn’t really count as a proper woman, apparently.
My own suggestion – Mary Seacole, the partly black lady who helped out a bit in the Crimean War – fell on deaf ears. But it’s not too late to change. And if not Mary, how about someone who represents modern British womanhood in the 21st century – Kerry Katona, say, or Victoria Beckham? Or the wonderful Claire Balding? We could even have our own Rosa Luxembourg – Harriet Harman, straddling a racing bike has she completes the Tour De France on behalf of all women, everywhere.Tags: Feminism, Harriet Harman, Jane Austen