Campaigners for women on banknotes to stage march

Campaigners dressed as inspirational women from history will converge on the Bank of England today to deliver a 30,000-strong petition calling for better female representation on banknotes.

Costumed campaigners will march to the Bank of England in the City of London
Costumed campaigners will march to the Bank of England in the City of London Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The petition follows a row over the choice of Sir Winston Churchill to appear on £5 notes in place of prison reformer Elizabeth Fry - one of only two women selected since historical figures were introduced in 1970.

Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, Middlemarch novelist George Eliot and Boudicca, the warrior queen who led a major uprising against occupying Roman forces, will be among the historic characters represented at today's celebration of women.

Read: Carney to review lack of female banknotes characters

Watch: Sir Winston Churchill to appear on new £5 note

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