June 18, 2015

Poll: What Woman Should Appear On The $10 Bill?

By Erica R. Hendry

The U.S. hasn’t made a permanent change to its paper currency since 1928, when Andrew Jackson replaced Grover Cleveland on the $20 bill.

But in 2020 — the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote — the U.S. Treasury is unveiling a new $10 bill; on its face: A woman.

The change is part of a wider redesign of U.S. currency that celebrates democracy and freedom. And while the Bureau of Engraving and Printing usually advises the treasury on what should appear on coins and bills, Secretary Jacob Lew is now asking the public for their input.

Until now, few women have appeared on U.S. currency: Susan B. Anthony, the face of the women’s suffrage movement, appeared on the $1 coin from 1979 to 1981; the face of American Indian guide Sacagawea has been printed on $1 gold coins since 2000.

Recently, the fight to honor a woman on U.S. currency has been carried by Women on 20s, a group that last month petitioned President Barack Obama to boot Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill and replace him with a female leader that’s made an impact on history — Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks or Soujourner Truth, among others.

NPR’s Steve Inskeep also told us he would support taking Jackson off the bill during a May interview on his new book, “Jacksonland.

The winner of their poll, which received more than a million votes over 10 weeks: Harriet Tubman. But dozens more candidates are being circulated online as part of the Treasury’s “#TheNew10” campaign.

Who would you choose? Weigh in on our poll. Don’t see anyone you like? Write in a candidate at the bottom of the form. We’ll share some results on air during the June 19 news roundup.