WASHINGTON — Finally, a female face will be featured on U.S. currency. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will discuss Thursday the process for deciding the woman to be on a newly designed $10 note.
Lew’s shop is launching months of study to get public input on who that woman should be, with the new bill ready by2020, the 100thanniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.The only solid rule, according to the Treasury Department, is that the person selected for currency must be dead.
Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, D-Ill., has been pushing for this. Last April he introduced the “Put A Woman on the Twenty Act of 2015” (H.R. 1910),” which called on the Secretary to develop a process for changing that currency. While the denomination may be different, the message clearly got through,” Gutierrez said in statement.
“My message and the message from hundreds of thousands of people who have petitioned and organized and voted on the web was that it is time to put a woman on our money,” Gutierrez said. “The message got through at Treasury.We may have been ten dollars off, but our advocacy was right on the money.”
On May 20, Gutierrez said in a speech on the House floor:“In a few years, maybe in a few months, when the idea of putting a woman on our money is considered a quaint, old-fashioned debate, and similarly when the idea of putting a person of color on our money no longer seems like such a remarkable step, we will wonder why it took so long.” [text and video:http://1.usa.gov/1J2rcqH]
“It happened a lot quicker than I expected,” Gutierrez said. “I applaud the Secretary because putting a woman on our money advances the cause of justice and equality. By announcing he plans to select a notable woman to be featured on the new $10 note, he is bringing our money into the 21st— or at least allowing it to catch up with the 20th.”
5 things to know about the new $10 note: below, from the Treasury Department:
- The Fiscal Year 2015 Yearly Currency Order for the$10note is 627,200,000 notes. The note is being printed at the Fort Worth, Texas facility.
- The$10note in its current design was unveiled on September 28, 2005 and issued on March 2, 2006.
- In the change from Series 1914 to Series 1928, the portrait on the$10note changed from Andrew Jackson to Alexander Hamilton.
- While the design process is complex and much work remains to be done, Secretary Lew has made clear that the image of Alexander Hamilton will remain part of the$10note.
- Security requirements are the driving consideration behind any new design.