United States currency is getting another minor overhaul over the next five-years, but one that signifies a long-awaited change in our culture.
A woman will be on the new $10 bill, one that has played a major role in American history and one that has helped carve out our country’s democratic history. The bill won’t be released until 2020, but is expected to be showcased during the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment.
“America’s currency makes a statement about who we are and what we stand for as a nation,” Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said earlier today. Lew stopped short of announcing just which woman would be the face of the new bill, but the Department of Treasury will start a public-campaign to get the public’s input.
“The public outreach is going to give us a chance to hear from the American people about their ideas for what kind of symbols, ideas, and representation should be on the $10 bill,” Lew said in the same statement.
The public will have input, but not the final say. The absolute and final selection will still be done by the Department. Also added to the $10 note will be new security features and raised markings for the blind and visually impaired.
“Our Democracy is a work in progress. We’ve always been committed to becoming a more perfect union,” Lew stated. “This decision of putting a woman on the $10 bill reflects our aspirations for the future as much as a reflection of the past.”
Since 1929 Alexander Hamilton has been the face of the $10 bill. If you want to know the last woman to appear on a bill, that goes back to the 19th century and it was Martha Washington. The famous first-lady was on the $1 silver certificate from 1891 to 1896. Pocahontas also appeared in a group for a $20 national bank-note.
“Our Democracy is a work in progress. We’ve always been committed to becoming a more perfect union,” Lew said. “This decision of putting a woman on the $10 bill reflects our aspirations for the future as much as a reflection of the past.”
There is one stipulation so far as to who can be chosen, the woman must be deceased. So breakout your history books and start your campaigning.