Move over, Alexander Hamilton.
In 2020 a woman will be featured on the $10 bill.
The news that a woman's portrait will grace U.S. currency for the first time in more than a century has already sparked hundreds of conversations about who the lucky lady will be.
"I look forward to a lively debate about which of the many exceptional American women should be on the new 10,” Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco said in a statement. "The new bills may be worth 10 dollars, but the recognition of women’s leadership in our history is worth much, much more."
An organization called Women on 20s urged Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew to consider Harriet Tubman, the winner of a recent online vote to replace Andrew Jackson's image on the $20 bill with that of a woman. After two rounds of voting, abolitionist Tubman emerged victorious.
“It has been our goal from the beginning to see the face of a woman on our paper currency, so naturally, we were excited to learn that our mission will be achieved," the group's executive director, Susan Ades Stone, said in a statement. “Even though our campaign targeted the $20 bill, we are pleased Secretary Lew will make this change on the first bank note to receive a makeover. It's a great first step.”
In the late 1800s, First Lady Martha Washington’s image was featured on the $1 silver certificate. From 1865 to 1869, Pocahontas appeared on the $20 bill.
There are only two requirements for the woman who appears on the bill: that she reflect the theme of democracy and that she no longer be living.
Take a look at some suggestions and reactions to the news.
There will be a woman on the $10. While it might not be the $20--make no mistake--this is historic& big step forward #TheNew10— Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (@SenatorShaheen) June 18, 2015
No way should Hamilton come off $10 bill -- our greatest financial thinker. Put a woman on the $20 -- Jackson did more econ harm than good— Steven Rattner (@SteveRattner) June 18, 2015
It's pretty cool that a women will be put on the $10 bill in 2020, but honestly I don't think paper money will even be used by then haha— chase¿¿ (@Tatar_Sauce5) June 18, 2015
Very excited for #TheNew10, would like to see them add more diversity to all the coins/bills— Kris Murray (@krismrry) June 18, 2015
Surely technology would allow for several variations of new ten dollar bills, each honoring a different woman? #TheNew10— Chris Crook (@crookphoto) June 18, 2015
Lew said he would solicit suggestions from the public through a Treasury Department website TheNew10 and through social media with the hashtag #TheNew10. It didn't taken long for nominations to pop up on Twitter.
No contest: Harriet Tubman on #TheNew10 !— Gene Bloch (@GeneBloch) June 18, 2015
I think it should be Eleanor Roosevelt on #TheNew10!— Avi Greenberger (@iamavig) June 18, 2015
I nominate Abigail Adams for "remember the ladies" for #TheNew10 She was certainly one of the first female proponents of American Democracy.— Heather Jennings (@hjennings77) June 18, 2015
Clara Barton, Louisa May Alcott, Nellie Bly, Jeanette Rankin, Frances Perkins, Eleanor Roosevelt, Esther Ross #TheNew10— nikki ackerman (@vashjinn) June 18, 2015
So they're putting a woman on the new $10 in 2020. That means I have 5 years to do something amazing with my life and then die. #thenew10— Natalie (@Nat_alieeee) June 18, 2015
But Hamilton won't completely disappear from the bill. The Treasury will either design two separate bills or have Hamilton and the woman share one bill. The nation's first Treasury secretary has his fair share of supporters.
Hamilton is the reason we have a US dollar! Before him, states issued currency. #TheNew10— Blair H duQuesnay (@BlairHduQuesnay) June 18, 2015
It wasn't enough that the great Hamilton was murdered by a traitor. Now he must suffer the indignity of sharing space on #TheNew10.— Andrew Klavan (@andrewklavan) June 18, 2015
The news that the new woman will have to share the bill has drawn criticism.
Women asked for the $20..will get the $10. Even on our currency women make half as much as a man. #TheNew10— Can Deal (@kendoll4) June 18, 2015
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