US says it will fea­ture woman on its $10 bill

The China Post - - WORLD BUSINESS -

The U.S. will put the im­age of a woman on an Amer­i­can ban­knote for the first time in over a cen­tury, break­ing the lock that white male po­lit­i­cal he­roes have on the green­back.

The U.S. Trea­sury an­nounced Thurs­day that a yet- un­cho­sen woman, likely “a cham­pion for our in­clu­sive democ­racy,” will fea­ture on the US$10 note from 2020, which has thus far fea­tured Alexan­der Hamil­ton, the first sec­re­tary of the trea­sury.

Only twice be­fore have women fea­tured on U.S. pa­per cur­rency.

Martha Washington, the wife of first pres­i­dent Ge­orge Washington, was on US$1 notes in the 1880s and 1890s. Poc­a­hon­tas, a Na­tive Amer­i­can woman linked to the colo­nial set­tle­ment at Jamestown, was fea­tured in a group of peo­ple on ban­knotes in the 1860s.

Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Ja­cob Lew said the woman on the new US$10 bill will be cho­sen by the Trea­sury af­ter field­ing the ideas of the public “about what qual­i­ties best rep­re­sent democ­racy.”

Hint­ing at where the can­di­dates will come from, Lew said the change will take place on the 100th an­niver­sary of women’s suf­frage, when Amer­i­can women gained the right to vote.

“Amer­ica’s cur­rency is a way for our na­tion to make a state­ment about who we are and what we stand for. Our pa­per bills — and the im­ages of great Amer­i­can lead­ers and sym­bols they de­pict — have long been a way for us to honor our past and ex­press our val­ues,” said Lew.

Cur­rent U.S. ban­knotes all fea­ture fa­mil­iar male fig­ures from the coun­try’s history.

Washington on the US$1, pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lin­coln on the US$5, Hamil­ton on the US$10, pres­i­dent An­drew Jack­son on the US$20, pres­i­dent and Civil War com­man­der Ulysses S. Grant on the US$ 50, and in­ven­tor and states­man Ben­jamin Franklin on the US$100.

Amer­ica’s third pres­i­dent, Thomas Jef­fer­son, fea­tures on the in­fre­quently used US$2 bill.

The Trea­sury said it would re­view com­ments over the new de­sign sub­mit­ted on its web­site and on so­cial media us­ing the tag “TheNew10.”

The win­ner will be cho­sen later this year, the depart­ment said.

Hamil­ton to Re­main Hon­ored

Lew said that Hamil­ton, the na­tion’s first Trea­sury sec­re­tary, would still be hon­ored in some way. He said one pos­si­bil­ity be­ing con­sid­ered would keep Hamil­ton’s por­trait on some of the re­designed US$10 bills. Lew said no fi­nal de­ci­sion had been made yet.

The an­nounce­ment came as a cam­paign to place a woman on the cur­rency, fo­cused on the US$20 note, was gain­ing steam.

The Women on 20 cam­paign re­ceived some 600,000 votes for dif­fer­ent can­di­dates, with 19th cen­tury African-Amer­i­can rights ac­tivist Har­riet Tub­man the win­ner.

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