For Susan Ades Stone, the news that the Treasury Department will redesign the $10 bill to feature a woman was a victory and a slight letdown.
"The fact that a women will be sharing the bill—it seems like a hedge in a way."
Stone is the executive director of Women on 20s, a national campaign to replace Andrew Jackson's visage on the $20 note with a portrait of a historic American woman. Earlier this year, Women on 20s released a nationwide online survey, asking people which of 15 women should take Jackson's place. More than 600,000 voted, and Harriet Tubman was declared the winner in March.
The Treasury's plans, announced late Wednesday, aren't exactly in line with the campaign's vision. For one, the woman will appear on the $10 bill, not the $20. (Women on 20s thought that Jackson was ripe for replacement, given his anti-Native American legacy.)
But also, there's this: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew "has made clear that the image of Alexander Hamilton will remain part of the $10 note," a Treasury Department press release states. So the first woman to grace paper currency since Martha Washington appeared on a $1 note in the 1890s will have to share the space with a man.
"The fact that a women will be sharing the bill—it seems like a hedge in a way," Stone says.