Goodbye, Alexander Hamilton. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced in June that the $10 bill will soon feature a woman who played a pivotal role in in American history. In 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment gave women the right to vote; fast forward 100 years, and a woman’s likeness is slated to appear on the $10 bill. Not only is the redesign a triumph for women, but it will also help the blind and visually impaired decipher between denominations through new raised elements. Many countries, including Syria, the Philippines, Mexico and Sweden, already feature images of epochal females on their paper tender. These women are often leaders, educators, scientists, artists or iconoclasts in their respective fields.
Current $10 Bill with Alexander Hamilton
However, the new face remains undecided for the next several months. In an effort to gather public insight on this momentous decision, the Treasury Department set up thenew10.treasury.gov, an interactive forum for individuals to tweet suggestions and follow coverage on the selection process. Speculation has spurred a national dialogue on the issue, with many outlets offering opinions on which women should be upheld in the honor. Here are our top three guesses as to who will be in your wallet in 2020:
1. Harriet Tubman – Initially campaigned as a replacement for Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, Tubman personifies an era of pain and social progress. She played a pivotal role in both the abolition and suffrage movements, and her incessant dedication to the betterment of others makes her a viable nominee.
2. Eleanor Roosevelt – Not only was Eleanor Roosevelt a champion of human rights, she is perhaps the most adored and active first lady to date. Outspoken, intelligent and powerful, Roosevelt significantly shaped the social ethos of what it means to be a successful woman in America.
3. Susan B. Anthony – Known for her efforts in both suffrage and anti-slavery campaigns, Anthony’s first currency appearance was on the 1979 dollar coin. Her valiant accomplishments tie heavily to the commemorative undertones that the redesigned note will carry, making her a leading option.