Looks like our nation's currency is about to become a little more current.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced on Wednesday (June 17) that a woman's face will be featured on the $10 bill in the year 2020 -- to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which afforded women the right to vote.
A decision on which woman will be chosen for the fiscal feature has not yet been made, but the Department would like the public to weigh in with their two cents on social media using the hashtag #TheNew10, submitting candidates who fulfill the criteria of (1) being deceased and (2) having been "a champion for our inclusive democracy."
Thus far, such submissions have included everyone from Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks to Harriet Tubman to former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
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 think Rosa Parks should be on #TheNew10.— ALC (@apple_jax23) June 18, 2015
"America's currency makes a statement about who we are and what we stand for as a nation," said Lew.
He also acknowledged the recent public effort to get a woman's face on the $20 bill, launched by the non-profit organization Women on 20s earlier this year, saying it was a "happy coincidence" that the $10 bill was already slated to get an update from the Treasury. (As such, the $20 bill will continue to feature the controversial President Andrew Jackson.)
Alexander Hamilton, the nation's first Secretary of the Treasury, has been the face of the $10 bill since 1929. While the Treasury Department said he will remain a part of the tender's new design, the details of that inclusion have yet to be determined.
The last time a woman appeared on any of the United States' paper currency was in the late 1800s, when Martha Washington was featured on the $1 dollar certificate. How about that for some valuable change?
Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, who'd introduced legislation to have a woman replace Jackson on the $20 bill, said "while it might not be the $20 bill, make no mistake: This is a historic announcement and a big step forward."
Who do you think should be featured on the new bill, and why?