It was recently announced that for the first time in history, a woman will be the new face of our ten dollar bill. These new 10 dollar bills will be minted in 2020, which falls on the 100th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote in the United States. The theme for this new series of notes will celebrate a champion for our country’s inclusive democracy. Listen to Lew:
Who Should Be the Face of #TheNew10?
This caught our attention, so we wanted to share our thoughts on some amazing women we felt deserved the honor, and also hear who you think should be chosen. We’d like to think outside the government’s criteria box and share our list of women who’ve inspired us in a variety of categories. And if you’d like to have your voice be heard, use #TheNew10 on social media to share your thoughts with the government before the final decision is made.
The decision to redesign our currency came after a recent petition was shared with our government from womenon20s.com. They nominated Harriet Tubman after she received over 30% of the votes. Harriet is known for conducting the Underground Railroad and aiding 300 slaves to freedom.
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman
She’s been dubbed by the U.S. Congress as the “first lady of civil rights” and the “mother of the freedom movement”. Her refusal to accept the status quo helped create needed change in our country. We are inspired by Rosa’s bravery and commitment towards making this country a better place for everyone.
“I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free.” – Rosa Parks
This powerhouse female politician was our Secretary of State, First Lady and is now running for President. Hillary was elected as the first female Senator from New York, and has been advocating for women throughout her career. Hillary is one of our picks outside of the government’s criteria because she’s still alive and well in this world. (Government rule: In order for the chosen woman to have her portrait on the new $10 she must no longer be living.)
“Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.” –Hillary Clinton
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Harriet is well known for her novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin in 1852 that brought attention to the harsh reality of slavery in our country. Her words reached millions of people and became an influential work in not only the U.S. but Great Britain. She used her writing talent to help energize change and fuel American freedom as we know it today.
“A woman’s health is her capital.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe
Speaking of a women’s health, Oprah has been promoting health and wellness on TV, online and print for decades. This “Queen of All Media” has been ranked as the most affluent African-American of the 20th century and one of the most influential women in the world. She used her influence and assets to give back to the community, and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.
“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.” -Oprah Winfrey
Maya Angelou holds over 50 honorary doctorate degrees and is celebrated as one of the most influential voices of our time. She’s been recognized for her contributions to the Civil Rights movement and as a national ambassador for good will. Recently her words were set to contemporary hip hop by RoccStar and Shawn Rivera, who brought her street-wise poetry to life with CAGED BIRD SONGS (listen below), bringing new life into her poetry, helping to expose the younger generations to her wisdom.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis made quite an impression on Americans when she was First Lady during JFK’s presidency. Known for her style and grace, Jacqueline became a fashion icon of the 60’s and ranks as one of the most popular First Ladies. Jackie worked to preserve and protect our country’s cultural heritage and used her keen eye for style to restore the White House, while making it a home for her family. She captivated the world and worked to make it a better place through art, literature and public service.
“I am a woman above everything else.” -Jackie Kennedy
Amelia pushed the boundaries of conventional feminine behavior at a young age as she climbed trees, shot rats with her .22 rifle, and eventually became one of aviation’s biggest stars. She was inspired by successful women in male-dominated fields and kept a scrapbook of news clippings about them. On her 40th birthday she decided to pursue her dream of becoming the first woman to fly around the world. Although we are not sure what happened with her famous 1937 flight, her memory and impact to help advance women and aviation will never be forgotten.
“Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.” -Amelia Earhart
Sheryl Sandberg is the COO of Facebook and the first woman to serve on their board. Prior to her work at Facebook, she was VP of Online Sales for Google, helping to launch their philanthropic arm, Google.org. Time named her one of the most influential people in the world in 2012 and she is reported to be worth over a billion from her investment in technology. Her book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, encourages professional women to embrace leadership and sold over a million copies.
“We call our little girls bossy. Go to a playground; little girls get called bossy all the time – a word that’s almost never used for boys – and that leads directly to the problems women face in the workforce.” –Sheryl Sandberg
There are so many accomplished and inspirational women that have contributed a great deal to our society. We’re thrilled to see this historic moment in history and want to hear who you think should take the honor. Share your thoughts with us in the comments below or with us on social media, and don’t forget to cast your vote to our government by using #TheNew10.
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