When the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced in June 2015 that the $10 bill would be getting a makeover to feature a woman, speculation began immediately about her identity.
With the announcement that Alexander Hamilton would be disappearing from the $10 bill, speculation over who the woman to replace him could be arose.
The plan to add an American woman's face to the money came from a grassroots organization known as Women On 20s, who had been hoping to replace the controversial President Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill. Instead, the $10 bill was chosen for the sake of counterfeiting, according to History
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Women On 20s held an online survey
to vote which woman would appear with Hamilton — he won't be removed entirely — on the money.
Here are the some of the most likely candidates:
1. Harriet Tubman
This courageous leader of the Underground Railroad returned from the North to save hundreds as she led them from the South to freedom. She also served as a nurse and spy for the Union army during the Civil War. Tubman received the highest number of votes in Women On 20s' poll.
2. Susan B. Anthony
Anthony was a famous suffragist who fought for abolition and women’s right to vote. She was a leader and organizer for the Seneca Falls Conference.
3. Rosa Parks
Parks was a leader in the civil rights movement, most notably for her actions on a Montgomery bus where she refused to give up her seat for a white man. In this way, she helped lead the boycott on the public transportation system until there was integration. The results of the Women On 20s poll listed Rosa Parks in third place.
4. Eleanor Roosevelt
As first lady, Roosevelt advocated civil and women’s rights. She also served as a delegate to the United Nations and fought for the passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Roosevelt came in second on Women On 20s' survey.
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5. Wilma Mankiller
Mankiller was one of the four finalists of the Women On 20s contest. She was the first female Cherokee chief, serving for two years, and advocated for Native American and women’s rights.
6. Sally Ride
Ride was the first woman to enter space in 1983 on the Challenger. As an astrophysicist, she beat out 1,000 other applicants for NASA’s astronaut program and entered space two times throughout her life.
The new $10 bill will be unveiled in 2020 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.
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