The Bank of England Responds
Apr 30, 2013 — Thank you to all who've signed! I guess with 5000 emails the BoE's inbox was getting pretty flooded ;) However, their answer is predictably patronising:
They explained how long 'eminent British personalities' have featured on bank notes (thank you for that, we wouldn't have thought to look it up on Wikipedia) and explained the selection criteria: 'indisputable contribution to their particular field of work, recognised with the benefit of lengthy historical perspective, and about whom there exists sufficient material on which to base a banknote design' << that would explain why an ex-governor of the Bank of England is honoured, but not, you know, the woman who helped discover DNA.
They then explain that not to worry, after Fry another note will be changed! This is of course completely unprecedented. They also kindly provided us with a link to the list of suggestions on their website - dominated by men.
So thank you for this Bank of England, but sorry, no deal. Do better.