New UK passport design features just two women

The “Creative United Kingdom” passport, unveiled by the immigration minister James Brokenshire, and highlighting the successes in innovation, architecture, art and performance, includes portraits of John Harrison, who invented the marine clock, artist John Constable, and architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.

There are watermarks of William Shakespeare on every page, while a page each is devoted to the works of artists Antony Gormley and Anish Kapoor and to Stephenson’s Rocket, designed by George and Robert Stephenson.

Just two women are prominently displayed: the architect Elisabeth Scott, who designed the Royal Shakespeare theatre and the Bournemouth Pier theatre; and the mathematician and daughter of poet Lord Byron, Ada Lovelace, who shares a page with Charles Babbage to mark their reputation as builders of the first computer, the Babbage Analytical Engine.

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