There’s a tiny inkling of joy that tugged at every women’s heart when The Treasury Department announced that there will be a woman on the next $10 bill. By the year 2020, on the century anniversary of the 19th Amendment – giving women the right to vote – a woman is set to grace the face of the new bill.
“Our paper bills — and the images of great American leaders and symbols they depict—have long been a way for us to honor our past and express our values,” Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said in a statement.
It is not yet certain who the woman will be but there unofficial polls reveal suggestions: Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt and Rosa Parks. Lew urges the public to take a part in suggesting new candidates through social media under the hashtag #TheNew10.
A non-profit campaign, Women on 20s, created earlier this year has been pushing for this defining stand to claim a place on U.S. currency. Geared on booting Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill, there is a bittersweet feeling to settle for the $10 – currently occupied by Alexander Hamilton, but the road has only begun.
What does this mean for equality for women?
On the backs of our grandmothers we learned to build a family. We learned to cook, clean and rub a man’s back into the workplace. We grew the desire for more and evolved into a the entrepreneur for our children. We succeeded the likes of macho egos and testosterone fueled industries.
Department of Labor reports show that currently 9.1 million businesses contributing $1.4 billion to annual revenues are women-owned. Since 1997, the number of women owned companies have increased by 67.8%.There is tremendous support for these businesses as the numbers are on a steady rise.
It’s a delight to know a woman will represent a piece of U.S. Currency and leaves to the imagination the leaps more women will make in the future. From CEO’s and business owners, women everywhere are taking charge of their super woman powers and making things happen. It’s time to take yours.
How do you feel to know a woman will represent U.S. Currency? What does this mean for you?