A few months ago we told you about a campaign to replace Andrew Jackson, who was mostly terrible, with a woman on the American $20 bill.
That did not happen – and now we know why.
The U.S. Treasury Department has been planning to redesign the $10 note for years, and yesterday announced that a female figurehead will take Alexander Hamilton’s place in 2020. The next $10 bill will feature the likeness of a woman who has played a major role in American history and has been a champion for democracy.
It will be the first time in 150 years that a woman is featured on U.S. bank notes. The date fittingly coincides with the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which secured women’s suffrage.
Exactly whose face will grace the new 10 has yet to be determined.
The decision will be made by the Treasury after a round of town hall meetings and, of course, consulting opinions on social media. The public will have a chance to voice their suggestions on ‘The New 10’ website and by using the hashtag #TheNew10 on Twitter.
When the public was asked who should replace Jackson on the 20, slavery abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who organized the underground railroad, was selected in a democratic survey published by the petition. She would again be an ideal candidate under the new notes’ democracy theme.
The Secretary of the Treasury Jacob J. Lew will make the final decision later this year.
Our question to you: Who would you like to see on the new American $10 bill?
Cover photo courtesy Women on 20s.