July 24 - British 19th century novelist Jane Austen is to become the face of the new 10 pound note, defusing criticism that women are under-represented on Britain's currency. Sonia Legg reports.
Many say Jane Austen was ahead of her time - writing books which have sold in their millions. The 19th century author of "Pride and Prejudice" has now been recognised in a fitting way - she'll be the new face on a British 10 pound note. She'll replace Charles Darwin - making her the only female historic figure to appear on the current currency. That omission hadn't gone unnoticed. And new central bank boss Mark Carney - a father of four daughters - was pleased to redress the balance, making the announcement in Austen's home. (SOUNDBITE) (English): MARK CARNEY, BANK OF ENGLAND GOVERNOR, SAYING: "In having Jane Austen and adding her, with Churchill, with Bolton and Watt, what it does is capture the full diversity of British accomplishments and contributes to the diversity of British society." Whether he'll achieve the same with the bank's monetary policy committee isn't clear. Only four women have ever served on it and all nine of the current members are men. The Canadian's reformist ambitions may also clash with some other traditional ways at the 319-year-old institution. The bank's doormen still wear top hat and tails and wouldn't look out of place in an Austen novel.