In honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, the U.S. Department of the Treasury is releasing a $10 bill featuring a woman in 2020. It’s just unclear who that woman will be!
“We have only made changes to the faces on our currency a few times since bills were first put into circulation, and I’m proud that the new 10 will be the first bill in more than a century to feature the portrait of a woman,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Wednesday. The last woman on paper currency was Martha Washington, who was used on the $1 silver certificate in the 1890s.
The Dept. of Treasury is asking for the public’s help in deciding which woman should be featured on the bill: They are launching a website and are encouraging people to share their suggestions using the hashtag #TheNew10. The only strict criteria is that the person can be deceased, but Secretary Lew said he also hopes the person chosen will symbolize American democracy.
Concerned “menists” out there can settle down: Alexander Hamilton, the current star of the $10, will retain a role on the new bill. And the update will also include a “tactile feature,” designed to help visually disabled people distinguish it from other bills.
Although there has been a big movement to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with a woman, Secretary Lew explained the $10 was simply the next in line for an update.