Why Some Women Aren't Thrilled About Woman on $10

Bill-sharing wasn't what they had in mind
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2015 5:40 AM CDT
A statue of Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury, stands in front of the Treasury Department.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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(Newser) – According to Federal Reserve circulation figures, you're a lot more likely to have an Andrew Jackson in your wallet than an Alexander Hamilton, which is one reason why Women on 20s campaigners say putting a woman on the $10 instead isn't ideal. The group says the Treasury plan is progress, but they're also not thrilled about the fact that the yet-to-be-chosen woman may have to share the bill with Hamilton. "We would love to see a woman not have to share her glory, and her opportunity to be recognized and honored," Executive Director Susan Ades Stone tells USA Today. And—unlike Jackson—"Alexander Hamilton is not someone that people have a problem with."

Stone tells the New Yorker that the group focused on the $20 partly because of the reputation of Jackson, who was responsible for the brutal expulsion of many Native Americans from their lands—and was strongly opposed to central banking. "We'll still have to be looking at Andrew Jackson for quite a bit longer, and that's a shame," says Stone, who hopes Treasury chief Jack Lew takes into account the fact that Harriet Tubman won the group's poll for the new face on the $20. Lew says the $10 was chosen because it's next in line for upgrading in what will be a "whole new generation of currency," USA Today notes. (The author of a book on Jackson thinks he should share the $20 with a Cherokee leader.)

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