Passport sparks gender furor

– Britain’s newly designed passport was meant to celebrate the country’s creativity and innovation, and officials have called it the “latest step in an evolutionary process” for passport security.

Activists and female politicians say that it’s a step backward because it features seven men and two women.

The current passport, which is decorated with drawings of birds but no humans, will be replaced next month.

Called the “Creative United Kingdom” passport, it has advanced technology using watermarks and ink that become visible only under infrared or ultraviolet light.

Stella Creasy, a lawmaker whose 2013 campaign to put Jane Austen on the 10-pound note was viewed as a victory for gender equality, could barely contain her disbelief.

“So tired of this … home office could only find 2 UK women 2 celebrate in 500 years of history #tellHERstory,” she wrote on Twitter.

New York Times