What 10 Remarkable Women Would Look Like Adorning The $10 Bill, According To A Bunch Of Geniuses On Twitter
Wonderful news: On Wednesday, the U.S. Treasury announced that a woman will appear on the $10 bill in 2020 for the first time in a century. Now, the Treasury is seeking public opinion on which female historic figure should be the first to be on U.S. paper currency for the first time in 119 years, according to USA Today, asking the public to contribute using the hashtag #TheNewTen. And, boy, are they contributing.
The bill won't see circulation for five years because designing the bill is such an intricate process, especially given new anti-counterfeit processes. Alexander Hamilton, whose face currently adorns the 10, will likely share the bill with whichever woman the Treasury and American public pick. The organization Women On 20s ran an passionate campaign asking the Treasury to remove Andrew Jackson from the 20 in favor of Harriet Tubman, but the department follows a schedule for security measures, and the 10 was next in line for a makeover.
This isn't the first time a woman has appeared on American currency. In the 1800s, Martha Washington was on the $1 silver note, and Pocahontas was on a $20 note. The redesign will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the year women were granted the right to vote, according to The Washington Post.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has the final word on who the mystery woman will be. He told USA Today: "We're going to spend a lot of time this summer listening to people." But Twitter is ahead of the game, as usual: some people have already utilized their Photoshop skills to announce their picks for the new currency. Here are 10 famous women whose fans want them to be on the 10.
This image on new money would be appropriate, as Clinton might be on federal property a lot more in the next four to eight years. She could join several other notable presidents on federal currency.
A Poehler $10 bill can only mean great things for currency in general. That is, unless people love them so much that they don't spend them. Only Poehler's image could cause such an economic crisis.
This mockup could be a legitimate choice. Barton was a Civil War nurse who went on to found the Red Cross.
The country's currency could make waves in more ways than one. Jenner could be the first woman and the first transgendered woman to grace the 10.
The Treasury Department must miss Oprah's show so much that it wants to put her face on a bill. After all, she is one of the founding mothers of emotional talk shows.
Soccer fans were quick to suggest player, coach, Olympic gold medalist, and 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year Wambach as the star of the new 10. Although it's unlikely that the treasury would go for an athlete on the bill, "Wambucks" has a catchy ring.
Tubman could be a monetary superstar. She would definitely be better than Alexander Hamilton, who only created the national debt and got killed in a duel.
Making a seemingly random choice, Twitter also suggested that Day show up in wallets across the country. If a Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress were to play such an important economic role, shouldn't it at least be the title character?
Having Lucille Ball as Lucy Ricardo on the $10 bill definitely would make a statement about the United States, especially with this confounded look on her face. The chef's hat and green print don't do her read curls justice though.
Queen Bey should definitely be in the running to be on the 10. As the only person Americans would probably be OK with ruling over them as a monarch, the pop star definitely has a destined place in government. It's doubtful that the U.S. Treasury could find someone more beloved than Beyoncé.
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