The U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday that, starting in 2020, freshly minted $10 bills will replace the portrait of Alexander Hamilton with a female. Alexander Hamilton founded the U.S. Department of the Treasury and served as its first Secretary for six years from 1789 to 1795. He’s been on the $10 for over 87 years. Plus, there hasn’t been a historic female on the U.S. dollar since Martha Washington in 1886, so you can imagine the excitement for having a woman’s face on the $10 bill!
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, who’s been in office since 2013, made the announcement via YouTube. Also, Lew invited public input on who’ll replace Hamilton. Have a suggestion for the new $10 bill? Use the hashtag #New10 and make sure the candidate is a “champion of democracy.”
Judging by America’s indulgence in pop culture, you can imagine the reactions to the new $10 bill online. Look below for the Inquisitr’s picks from Twitter.
The much-beloved Taylor Swift could drum up support from her loyal fans.
srsly tho this is the only acceptable option pic.twitter.com/cqkP5vO21O— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) June 18, 2015
Rachel Dolezal has certainly raised some questions about racism in America.
ugh ok fine, I'll do it pic.twitter.com/MaTNB51E4l— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) June 18, 2015
Ah, yes, Leslie Knope, an exemplary civil servant who’d look perfect on the $10 bill.
What’s America without Beyoncé?
Kanye says he has the PERFECT replacement for Alexander Hamilton on US currency. pic.twitter.com/VIvUEis6fH— Diane N. Sevenay (@Diane_7A) June 18, 2015
Her Grace, Queen Mother Cersei Lannister, could work.
Die-hard liberals wouldn’t mind Nancy Pelosi on the $10 bill.
The U.S. Treasury could always call up Caitlyn.
Why not put Hilary Clinton on the $10 bill? Maybe not this picture though…
Zuul from Ghost Busters, anybody?
Barack Obama’s not a woman, but you can always dream.
If you’re a Veep fan, put out some love for President Selina Meyer.
Marilyn Monroe, the classic American beauty, is a no-brainer.
One guy wasn’t pleased with Secretary Lew’s plans for the new $10 bill.
Another guy thought the new $10 bill was a celebration of diversity, but felt sorry for Hamilton.
Women’s Group W20 is one of the organizations actively lobbying to put a female on the $20 bill. To give you an idea on which woman will most likely end up on the $10 bill, we can take a look at their top choices. The top picks were Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Wilma Pearl Mankiller, CNN reported. But who knows, maybe Secretary Lew will select one of the internet’s popular choices?
Considering President Obama’s placement of black women in high office — like Attorney General Loretta Lynch — there’s a good chance we could see a black woman like Harriet Tubman on the $10 bill.
Watch U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announce the new $10 bill below.
Who do you think should be on the new $10 bill?
[Photo courtesy of José Juan ‘Potti’ Luna/Flickr]