At Long Last, a Woman Will Grace the American $10 Bill

Dana Covit

Move aside, Andrew Hamilton. The current occupant of the $10 bill is due to gain some company by an as-yet unidentified woman in 2020, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. 

“America’s currency is a way for our nation to make a statement about who we are and what we stand for. Our paper bills—and the images of great American leaders and symbols they depict—have long been a way for us to honor our past and express our values,” said Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew in the official announcement yesterday.

As for which significant woman from American history will land the job, the secretary is seeking input from the public about what qualities represent democracy, to help guide the design process. Names being thrown around amid the chatter under a #TheNew10 hashtag on Twitter include Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Rosa Parks. It's an inspiring debate and consideration of greats, to be sure.

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