For the first time in more than a century, US paper currency will feature the face of a woman.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Thursday said a newly redesigned $10 bill, set to be unveiled in 2020, will feature “a woman who has contributed to and represents the values of American democracy.” He did not mention any names.
The release year coincides with the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote.“Our paper bills and the images of great American leaders and landmarks that they depict have long been a way for us to honour our past and discuss our values,” Lew told reporters on a conference call.
“This decision of putting a woman on the $10 bill reflects our aspirations for the future as much as the reflections of the past.”
The Treasury Department will collect public input in town hall meetings and via the hashtag #TheNew10 on social media on who and what should be depicted on the bill. Lew will make the final decisions on design.
The announcement follows a popular Internet and social media campaign, “Women On 20s,” to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill in place of Andrew Jackson. Eleanor Roosevelt and Rosa Parks were two other finalists in the online voting campaign that ended last month.
The last women featured on US bills were Martha Washington, who appeared on the $1 silver certificate from 1891 to 1896, and Pocahontas, who appeared in a group photo on the $20 bill from 1865 to 1869.