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Which Woman Should Be on The $10 Bill?

posted: 06/18/15
by: Courtney Reimer
African American woman holding money
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Finally, for the first time in more than 100 years, a woman will be among the important figures featured on American currency.

The U.S. treasury secretary Jack Lew said: "We have only made changes to the faces on our currency a few times since bills were first put into circulation, and I'm proud that the new 10 will be the first bill in more than a century to feature the portrait of a woman."

As Huffington Post reported, a group called Women on 20s conducted a poll of which woman most people would like to see on the bill, and Harriet Tubman finished in first place, followed by Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks and Wilma Mankiller. For its part, the Treasury Department is taking nominations via social media using the hashtag #TheNew10, and will be conducting "round tables" to discuss who best exemplifies American values worthy of commemoration on our currency.

The $10 has been due for a makeover to bring it up to date with the counterfeit-preventing revisions made to other bills. Women on 20s has been lobbying for a female-focused update, and they were targeting the $20 because they said Andrew Jackson, who is featured there, shouldn't be celebrated due to his "Trail of Tears" forced migrations of Native Americans. (Alexander Hamilton, who currently appears on the $10, will remain on some of the bills when the female version is introduced in 2020.)

In any event, this is a (long overdue) great piece of news for women everywhere, and tWe've presented a few of our proposed contenders below -- let us know what you think! (And if you don't agree with our choices, tell us that, too, on Facebook or @TLCmeNow on Twitter.)