10 Women Who Could be on the New $10 Bill
From civil rights leaders to the first woman in space, suggestions for the first woman to be featured on American paper money.
When the Treasury Department announced it would
redesign the $10 bill, it also noted the new paper bill would feature a woman for the first time.
The department is expected to unveil the new bill in 2020, the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which gave all women the right to vote.
Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew has asked for public feedback on the $10 bill redesign, and people are weighing in on social media using #TheNew10.
Republican presidential candidates also got into the debate, offering their best suggestions of women to feature on the $10 bill during the second GOP presidential debate. Abolitionist and the most well known "conductor" on the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman, is already an early favorite to be featured on the new $10 bill. The grassroots organizations, Women on 20s, asked the public to vote for an American woman to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Tubman won 34% of the people's vote. (Library of Congress) During the Civil War, Clara Barton served as a nurse bringing support and supplies to soldiers in the battlefield. When she was 60-years-old Barton founded the American Red Cross and led it for the next 23 years. Barton was Scott Walker's pick for the new $10 during the second GOP debate. (National Archives) Rosa Parks refusal to give up her seat on a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama solidified her place in history. The civil rights activist is also a suggestion of three Republican presidential candidates, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump, for who should be on the new $10 bill. (Library of Congress) Eleanor Roosevelt was the longest-serving First Lady holding the position throughout her husband's 4 terms in office. Roosevelt was also a diplomat and activist who later served as a spokeswoman for the United Nations. Roosevelt was the runner-up in the non-profit group, Women on 20s, online poll for which woman to feature on the $20 bill. (Keystone/Getty Images) NASA astronaut Sally Ride became the first woman in space on June 18, 1983. Since then, 49 women have followed in her path into space, and flown with NASA. The Guardian lists Ride as a woman in the running for the new $10. (National Archives) American feminist leader and campaigner of women's rights, Susan B. Anthony, was Rand Paul's suggestion to be featured on the new $10 bill. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images) African-American orator and civil rights activist Sojourner Truth was named by Fortune as a candidate to be featured on the new $10. Truth's famous speech “Aint’ I A Woman,” is one of the most quoted pieces of feminist prose. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images) The wife of President John Adams, Abigail Adams was the second woman to hold the position of First Lady. Adams shaped the role of First Lady, and is known for writing many letters of advice to her husband during the Continental Congresses. Chris Christie named Adams as his choice to be featured on the new $10 bill. (National Archives) Wife of President Gerald Ford, Betty Ford served as First Lady from 1974 to 1977. She became well known for her openness about substance and alcohol abuse, and helped establish one of the best known rehabilitation centers in the U.S., the Betty Ford Center. Ford was listed by the Washington Post as a woman who should be considered for the new $10. (STEPHEN JAFFE/AFP/Getty Images) A patriotic icon, Betsy Ross a seamstress, rose to prominence when stories surfaced that she sewed the first stars and stripes on the American flag. Though the story is likely a legend, Ross is known to have sewn flags during the Revolutionary War. The Washington Post named Ross to their list of women who should be considered for the new $10 bill. (National Archives)