Thursday, June 18, 2015

U.S. Treasury plans to add a 'notable woman' to the $10 bill

WASHINGTON — Alexander Hamilton will have to make room for a woman on the $10 bill.

The U.S. Treasury plans to add a “notable woman” to the bill’s design in 2020, the department announced.

“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,” Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said in a statement.

The government hasn’t decided which woman they’ll add — and they’re soliciting input at the website and on Twitter using the hashtag #TheNew10.

Lew promises that Hamilton’s image “will remain part” of the bill.

Activists have been fighting to add a woman to U.S. currency for months, though most efforts had focused on replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

Treasury says that the $10 bill was chosen to "address current and potential" counterfeit threats. The new bill's release will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

Courtesy Cameron Joseph, New York daily News, June 17, 2015,

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