This will be a first for over a hundred years. In the US, a woman will be displayed on a 10 dollar bill. This will be circulated in 2020, “for the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the United States,” announced Jacob Lew, the Secretary of US Treasury.
Her identity will be revealed later this year. Could be after the US authorities have consulted the public through a website that will collect suggestions from Internet users and through meetings organized with the population. This woman “should have acted to promote democracy,” said Jacob Lew.
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Currently, the 10 dollar bill displays the first Secretary of US Treasury, Alexander Hamilton.
A campaign also underway for a woman to be displayed on the 20 dollar bill
The last woman to have had the honors of the greenback is Martha Washington. The wife of the first US President George Washington in the late nineteenth century. Earlier, in the mid nineteenth century, Native American Pocahontas, whose adventures were reinvented in a Disney cartoon, has appeared on $ 20 bills for a few years.
“The US currency is a way for our nation to say who we are and what we stand for,” said Jacob Lew.
This announcement comes as a women’s rights advocacy group, Women of 20’s, has launched a campaign to display a woman on $ 20 bills. The organization launched its own consultation with about 600,000 people who identified as winner Harriet Tubman (1822-1913). A black slave who became one of the great figures of the American abolitionist movement.
“We will spend a lot of time this summer to listen to what people have to say,” promised the Secretary of US Treasury, who will make the final decision.
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