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A Woman Is Going on the $10 Bill

Government will announce her name later this year
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2015 9:05 PM CDT
Woman Going on $10 Bill
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(Newser) – We don't know who it will be, but a woman will replace Alexander Hamilton as the main image on the $10 bill. Treasury chief Jack Lew says he will announce the woman's name by the end of this year, and the new bills will be out in 2020, reports the Wall Street Journal. The year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, notes the New York Times. Hamilton will remain on the bill in a "diminished" way," says the Journal.

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"America’s currency is a way for our nation to make a statement about who we are and what we stand for,"says Lew. The government will solicit suggestions from all over, with the main criteria being that the honoree must be dead and must have been a "champion of inclusive democracy." One leading contender is Harriet Tubman, the top pick in a social media contest earlier this year, though that was for the $20 bill. (Read more Treasury Department stories.)

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