In a historic gesture that symbolizes the status of women in American politics and culture, the U.S. Treasury will put a woman on the $10 bill.
“While it might not be the $20 bill, make no mistake: This is a historic announcement,” Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), one of the 20% of U.S. senators who are women, said.
50.8% of the U.S. population is female.
Shaheen, who is perhaps a 4.5 on the 1-to-10 scale looks scale, and that’s for her age, had introduced legislation proposing that a woman be added to the $20 bill. Considering that she’s a chick and all, getting a lady on the $10 is a relatively significant achievement.
Aaron Burr need not celebrate too much; Alexander Hamilton, founder of The Bank of New York and The New York Post, will be moved to the reverse of the new $10.
According to Treasury officials, the new $10 bill, a denomination seen so infrequently in circulation that many wonder whether there is a shortage, will be released in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. Women in the following countries gained the right to vote in Australia, Finland, Latvia and numerous other nations years before the U.S. finally got around to it in 1920.
Will it be Susan B. Anthony, the suffragette? Civil rights icon Rosa Parks? According to the Treasury Department, the winner will be “a champion for our inclusive democracy.”
In accordance with federal law the choice of the first woman on U.S. paper currency will be personally made by Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew.
Lew, like most other political leaders in the United States, is a man.
There’s no word yet on whether the women’s $10 bill will be worth $7.80 in man bucks.