A new redesigned ten dollar bill is to show a female face instead of the usual female fare.
It’s been more than a hundred years since such a feminist act has become a reality. The $10 bill will be portraying a women’s face in its center. The Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew spoke of how the bill will be introduced half a decade from now.
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While the exact name of the woman who will get chosen to represent the will of the American people was not mentioned, it was said that she will epitomize the democratic spirit.
What we do know is that this new act has a concurrence with the centennial anniversary of the female right to vote. Lew expatiated on the fact that the banknotes in the United States always chose to show the leaders and major movers and shakers in society who had made considerable contributions to the moral, cultural, technological and social fabric of the milieu.
These worthy individuals deserved all the praise in the world and putting their picture on the front of legal tender was the least that we could do in order to preserve their memory.
"Our paper bills and the images of great American leaders and landmarks that they depict have long been a way for us to honor our past and discuss our values," Lew told reporters today (via Reuters).
"This decision of putting a woman on the $10 bill reflects our aspirations for the future as much as the reflections of the past."
Lew further said that the decision to put a woman’s face on a banknote was a sign of the times. We were living in a much more democratic era and the Zeitgeist was thoroughly feminist to the core.
"We're not just a U.S. currency; we're the world's reserve currency," he said. "And I'm excited that using the technology that's available to us, we can hear from the public."
The past was a time when minorities such as ethnic groups, women, children and the handicapped had to struggle in order to gain their rights. But nowadays we lived in an age of greater justice and fairplay.
Since womankind represent half the human race, they have every right to stand on an equal footing with their male counterparts.
The Treasury Department is going to use social online media to put the issue to a vote regarding who the female face will be. Jack Lew will have the final word regarding the matter though. In fact, already there is talk of putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill as a substitute for Andrew Jackson.
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Eleanor Roosevelt and Rosa Parks were two other names on the waiting list. Lew said that the plans had hatched about two years ago. And since the US currency (like English which was the lingua franca of the modern world) was the current economic measurement standard throughout the world, the decision showed a lot of timely wisdom.