A woman will soon appear on the new $10 bill. The face of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton currently adorns the currency. The Obama administration approved the change in what is reportedly an effort to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the right of women to vote. The new $10 bill bill be unveiled in 2020.
The woman on the new $10 bill will be chosen after a public campaign to garner input, according to the U.S. Treasury Department. Alexander Hamilton is regarded as the founder of the United States’ financial system and was the Secretary of the Treasury. Hamilton also served as the chief staff aid to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War and advocated for a national currency to be created in America.
According to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, there are only two requirements for consideration to be placed on the new $10 bill. The woman on the new $10 bill must be deceased and “embody the theme of Democracy.”
“America’s currency makes a statement about who we are and what we stand for as a nation,” Lew said.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, a “women on 20s” movement began earlier this year. Those supporting the removal of the seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson, from the $20 bill, also stated the movement was meant to celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.
The last time a woman was featured on a “bill” was during the late 1800s when the likeness of Martha Washington adorned silver-dollar certificates. Both Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea were once featured on the $1 coin – before the U.S. Minto stopped making the currency due to a “lack of popularity.”
“Young girls across this country will soon be able to see an inspiring woman on the ten dollar bill who helped shape our country into what is today and know that they too can grow up and do something great for their country,” New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen said. The Democrat authored a bill to put a woman on currency in April. “Make no mistake, this is a historic announcement and a big step forward.”
The timing of the decision to put a woman on the new $10 bill was merely a “happy coincidence” according to Jack Lew. The treasury secretary said the $10 bill was “in line for a redesign.” The new $10 bill will reportedly also boast new security features. Lew also added that Alexander Hamilton could once again appear on currency “in some form” in the future.
President Barack Obama stated during a speech in Kansas City that a little girl wrote him a letter asking why there were no women on “American money.” Obama called the girl’s suggestion a “pretty good idea.”
What do you think about Alexander Hamilton being removed and a woman being placed on the new $10 bill?
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