On June 17th, 2015, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that it will put an image of a woman on the ten dollar bill by the year 2020.
This initially seems like a huge deal. But, when you step back and look at the progress being made in other parts of the world, it is only a big deal for America. There are ten other nations that have already recognized female leaders on their currencies, including Syria, Mexico, and Israel. So, why are we being left behind? It saddens me to learn that so many other countries have taken this initiative while we still have George Washington on the one dollar bill.
Women make up roughly one-half of the American population. We have played a vital role in American history. People like Susan B Anthony, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Jane Addams, and Eleanor Roosevelt have shaped our nation into what it is today. There is no reason why they and future women should be absent from our banknotes.
Apparently, many other women agree that America is way behind the times. A group called "Women on 20s" took a stand, and created a campaign to convince President Obama that it is time to start putting women on our currency. They hosted a ten week long public online election, where more than 600,000 people cast their votes. On May 15th, they presented their petition, where Harriet Tubman was elected the winner. Women on 20s encouraged president Obama to instruct Secretary of Treasury Jacob Lew to put a new bill in circulation before the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in 2020.
Although the Treasury Department decided to redesign the ten dollar bill instead of the twenty dollar bill, I commend Women on 20s for their hard work and dedication in this movement. If they had not sparked this idea, who knows how long it would have been before someone suggested putting women on our currency. I do wish this happened sooner, but I am happy that America has finally listened to the voices of women across our nation. Currently, the woman who will be on the ten dollar bill has not been selected. But, no matter who it is, it will be a beautiful day in our country when can proudly say "We have a woman on our currency."