Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Identity of the First Woman to Appear on an American $10 Bill Is....

Harriet Tubman, Harriet Beacher Stowe, Clara Barton, Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt, Coretta Scott King, Sandra Day O'Connor....Who Should Be on the New $10 Bill? 

Clara Barton -
Founder Red Cross

Eleanor Roosevelt -
Fought for Racial Equality
Sandra Day O'Connor -
First Female U.S. Supreme Court Judge

Harriet Beacher Stowe -
Author: "Uncle Tom's Cabin"

Amelia Earhart -
First Woman to Fly Across Atlantic

Harriet Tubman -
Fierce Abolitionist

Coretta Scott King -
Admirably Carried on MLK's Mission
According to news reports, the United States Treasury Department will, within the coming months, identify the first woman to appear on U.S. paper currency. So we should expect the announcement in the early fall.

Once the woman is identified, it will take until roughly 2020 for the new bills to reach circulation.

This is a fitting, and long overdue tribute, to whoever is selected.  It also reflects beautifully on America's progressive nature.

Alexander Hamilton Goes - But Andrew Jackson Stays? Absurd!

There is one thing that puzzles me, though.

This Mr. President was Actually a Disgrace....

Alexander Hamilton - Deserving of Honor

Alexander Hamilton, whose portrait currently adorns the $10 bill, is credited with being the creator of the American banking industry. He is not a historical rock star although his standing as a giant among the founding fathers cannot be questioned.  There is simply nothing about Mr. Hamilton who, along with Ben Franklin, is one of the two non-Presidents appearing on U.S. paper currency,   that would suggest that his removal from the $10 bill is warranted or appropriate.

The same cannot be said for Andrew Jackson, who is on the $20 bill.  Andrew Jackson had a documented and highly disturbing history of genocidal tactics where American Indians are concerned, and an abysmal record as a slaver.  I am not alone in believing he should be removed from the $20, thus opening up another slot (for a woman).  I mean, in my view, there is no debate, as between Messrs. Hamilton and Jackson, as to who belongs on the face of an American bill.

How About President Hillary Clinton Replacing Andrew Jackson on the Twenty Dollar Bill?

Hillary Clinton -
First Female American President?
This in turn brings to mind two thoughts.

First, assuming that, for now, only one woman is to be chosen, wouldn't it make sense to wait until after the 2016 Presidential election next November?  I would think that there could be no more fitting a candidate than Ms. Clinton, if she should become our first female President.

On the other hand, it is evident that the list of candidates is impressive (the women depicted above are just some of the worthy candidates), and that there is room for more than one woman to appear on popular U.S. currency.  So, if someone other than Ms. Clinton is selected for the $10 bill, and she should thereafter become our first female President, why not swap out the image of the morally bankrupt Jackson on the $20 with that of Ms. Clinton.

Trivia Bonus Extra:  What Three Woman Have Appeared on American Coins?

Susan B. Anthony, Martha Washington and Sacagawea.  All appeared on $1 coins.

Rare Coin
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