I have been meaning to write this post about #Banknotes since Cybher. Actually, I have been meaning to write a post about Cybher since Cybher! BUT as I munched through my stash of Bahlsen biscuits this evening, in a quiet house, my mind started drifting towards women who are inspirational and should feature on #Banknotes.
In case you’re wondering why I give two hoots about women on #Banknotes, have a read of this. Now I know the Queen is on every banknote but that’s a birth right, not because of achievement. That’s not to say that she has not achieved anything, it’s saying that we need to recognise that many other important women have also achieved great things, and the Bank of England need to represent that.
So, my first thought was Princess Diana, not because she is one of the most iconic female faces of the past century but because of the campaigning work she did. Diana really made a difference to the campaigns she put her name too, including Aids, homelessness and civilian injuries from landmines. But it’s actually Audrey Hepburn I am going to go with. I know she’s not English, but she spent a lot of time in the UK, and I wish to recognise her for the work she did.
Audrey Hepburn is known as a style and screen icon. Beautiful with eternal style. But Audrey was so much more than that:
Hepburn was appointed Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF. Then-United States president George H. W. Bush presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work with UNICEF, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences posthumously awarded her the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her contribution to humanity, with her son accepting on her behalf. Grateful for her own good fortune after enduring the German occupation as a child, she dedicated the remainder of her life to helping impoverished children in the poorest nations. – Wikipedia
Legend with a cause. That gets my vote every single time. You can read more about what she was working on on her official website.