The U.S Treasury Department announced on Wednesday, June 17th, that it will place woman on the $10 bill, which they intend to recreate and release in 2020. Goodbye Alexander Hamilton. Hello _________? Of all the fine women in American history, which woman would you choose if you were given the responsibility of making the decision? Which woman should be on the $10 bill in 2020?
Before your proverbial wheels start spinning, know that there are specific qualifiers for the woman that will be chosen. According to and , “Don’t bother suggesting a current movie star or any other recent celebrity — it’s illegal to put a living person on U.S. currency. And anyway, Lew said, “democracy will be the theme of these new notes.”
With this in mind, we have selected 9 woman we think would make outstanding choices for this historic honor. Consider the candidates below, which are presented to you in no particular order. Then, voice your opinion by voting on which woman you think the United States Treasury Department should place on the $10 bill they intend on redesigning and releasing in 2020.
Rosa Parks (1913-2005) – Sometimes, actions really are louder than words. When Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to relinquish her seat for a white passenger on December 1, 1955, a growing bubble of collective resistance popped with a passionate force. With that action, the NCAAP and the civil rights movement saw an opportunity to push for real change, and gain the momentum that they needed. Her action, and the reaction that came from it, was a tangible turning point in the civil rights movement, and in our American history.
Rosa Parks has been honored with many prestigious awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom (given by Bill Clinton in 1996), The Congressional Gold Medal (1997), the NCAAP’s highest award of honor, the Martin Luther King Jr. Award. Further, TIME magazine named her one of the 20 most influential people of the 20th century. Will she also be honored with her face on the new $10 bill? Read more about Rosa Parks at Biography.com.
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1862) – Eleanor was a woman of many accomplishments. She began her work as a social worker in the poor areas of New York City. In addition to later serving as an ambassador for the United Nations and drafting the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” in 1948, which was an important document to the rights for all people, Eleanor was an instrumental leader in the following organizations and/or causes throughout her life:
- The American Red Cross
- The women’s suffrage movement
- National Youth Association (NYA)
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
- National Council of African Women
- Office of Civilian Defense
- United Nations Human Rights Commission
Mrs. Roosevelt once said, “It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.” If that is not the trait of a true American hero, I don’t know what is. Read more at Biography.com.
Harriet Tubman (1820-1913) – Imagine being enslaved since they day you were born. Then, one day, you escape your bondage, and become free. What is the first thing you would do? Would you go back into danger, many times over, and risk being caught as an escapee to free other people who had be unjustly enslaved like you? That kind of action takes a special kind of hero, and that is just the kind of hero that Harriet Tubman was. She essentially risked her own life by helping slaves gain their freedom via the Underground Railroad. A model of courage, Tubman once said, “I can’t die but once.” Read more at Biography.com.
Betsy Ross (1752-1836) – With her claim to fame being the creator of the American flag, her lifetime achievements do not exactly stack up to the rest of our choices. Nevertheless, Betsy Ross is clearly an American icon worthy of consideration for this honor. There is little we as Americans give collective respect to more than the American flag. Therefore, its creator, Betsy Ross, may be just the woman we are looking for to symbolize the freedom for which our country stands.
Abigail Adams (1744-1818) – As the first, first lady to live in the White House, Abigail Adams was more than just a strong supporter of President John Adams. She was the roots of her family, and at times, the roots of the country. While John Adams was involved in the struggles for independence, Abigail cared for their home and family, all the while keeping in constant communication with John through countless letters. While John was constructing the documents that would form our country, Abigail candidly kept her political opinions in her husbands ear, urging him to “remember the ladies.” Abigail also accompanied John during his diplomacy in France, where she remained one of his top advisors. This role as trusted advisor to her husband remained strong and meaningful all the way up through his death.
There is a famous saying that “behind every good man there is a good woman.” As antiquated as this message is in our current society, it was how our culture worked during the time of Abigail Adams. A woman at that time was obviously not going to be selected to play a governing role in a newly formed country. However, as a strong woman confined to the belief system of her time, she certainly played as large a role as she could by being an honest, steadfast supporter and candid advisor to her husband. By dedicating herself to this role, she was that good woman that enabled John Adams to be the influential man that our country needed him to be. Without Abigail, we would not have had a John, and without John, we might not have this great country. Read more about Abigail Adams at Biography.com.
There are clearly more than five outstanding woman in our country’s great history. To select these five was a challenging task for us, so many deserving woman were left out of our poll. Nevertheless, we believe these five woman each represent something remarkable about our country. Each of them, through their actions, have positively etched their legacy forever into our minds. Which one of these five, if any, will be honored with a place on the new $10 bill that the U.S. Treasury Department will present in 2020? Which one would you choose? Vote now!
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