Woman to Be Face of $10 Bill
America’s next $10 bill will have a woman on it, according to CNN.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew made the announcement on Wednesday. The woman will be featured on a redesigned $10 bill in 2020 — the 100th anniversary of the Constitution’s 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.
No word on who the woman will be just yet.
The last woman on U.S. currency was Martha Washington. She graced the $1 Silver Certificate between 1891 and 1896.
“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,” Lew said.
Lew, who has been tasked with deciding on who will grace the currency, is asking the public’s help.
The department plans to launch a website, and will gather input via social media with #TheNew10 hashtag.
Lew wants the next generation of U.S. currency to underscore the theme of American democracy. By law, the portrait must also be of someone who is no longer living.
Hamilton, the nation’s first treasury secretary, has been on the $10 bill since 1929. He replaced Andrew Jackson, America’s seventh president after he moved to the $20 bill, where he remains today.
Recently, advocates fought to place a woman’s face on the $20 bill, but Treasury had already pegged the $10 as the next bill to be updated.