On Wednesday, June 17, the U.S. Treasury announced that a woman would take the place of Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill. This change will be implemented in 2020, and will mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote.
Though the announcement has been made, the decision as to who will replace Hamilton will take more time.
This will not be the first time that a woman has received her portrait on U.S. paper money. Martha Washington, wife of President George Washington, was on the $1 Silver Certificate between 1891 and 1896.
The U.S. Treasury has asked the public to use #TheNew10 on social media to cast in their ideas of who they think belongs on the 2020 $10 bill.
U.S. Treasury representatives have stated three items to be considered before submitting votes as to who should be represented on the new bill.
- Democracy is the theme for the next redesigned series and the Secretary will select a woman recognized by the public who was a champion for democracy in the United States.
- By law, only a portrait of a deceased person may be included on banknotes.
- The person should be iconic and have made a significant contribution to — or impact on — protecting the freedoms on which our nation was founded.
To learn more about the new changes visit https://thenew10.treasury.gov/faqs