The New Feature of the $10 Bill – A Woman
United States Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew, has announced that there will be a design change to the $10 bill currently bearing Alexander Hamilton’s image. The new $10 bills will feature a woman. The Elite Daily News reports that the choice of which woman will grace the currency has yet to be decided. Some suggestions have been Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Eleanor Roosevelt. It’s also reported that the final decision may arise from choices by the American public.
Time Frames of the New $10 Bill
Secretary Lew stated in reports from USA Today that it will take up to five years to put this new bill into circulation and at least two years before the Hamilton $10 bill is completely removed.
There were previous petitions to change the image on the $20 bill to that of a female. In addition to Tubman, Parks, and Roosevelt, another suggestion is Daenerys Targaryen, a character in Game of Thrones. Alexander Hamilton was honored on the $10 bill due to his position as the first Secretary of the US Treasury.
Other Women Who May Be Considered
The idea behind this change coincides with the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, the Women’s Right to Vote. In as much as this is the basis for the change, it would seem more appropriate female images would be suffragettes like Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, or Louisa May Alcott.
Finally! The US Treasury Updates the New $10 Bill
Although the US Post Office has often featured women on stamps, the US Treasury is finally recognizing the need to update the images on US currency to include women who are a wonderful, often neglected, part of US history. Women have appeared on currency in the past, including Pocahontas on a $20 bill in 1896 and Martha Washington $1 bills until 1865.
Secretary of the Treasury Lew reports that the face of Alexander Hamilton won’t disappear completely. It’s the intention of the US Treasury Department to include his image, possibly on the $10 bill or on other currency.