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A Woman Will Be On $10 Bill: Should It Be Eleanor Roosevelt Or Rosa Parks? — VOTE

Thu, June 18, 2015 11:21am EDT by Lauren Cox 3 Comments
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Wow! History is being made by the U.S. Treasury, as they have announced that — for the first in over 100 years — a woman will be pictured on the front of a $10 bill. Who do YOU think should be featured?

There are so many strong, inspiring women who should be considered as the next face of the $10 bill. From Rosa Parks to Eleanor Roosevelt, let’s take a look at some of the suggestions being made. Be sure to click inside to VOTE for your top pick!

For the woman whose face is chosen for the $10 bill, there is only one criteria they must meet: they have to be deceased. Although that leaves plenty of incredible women to choose from, it means modern day female icons such as Hillary Clinton are not eligible. So, let’s take a look at who is eligible — and why they are worthy of the honor.

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT: Using the hashtag #TheNew10, many Americans have suggested that Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and a politician herself. As the longest serving First Lady of the United States she was an activist for human rights, playing a large part in the fight against segregation of African Americans. Although deemed controversial for her outspoken nature, Eleanor is a role model that even women of today can look up to proudly.

HARRIET TUBMAN: Born into slavery, Harriet Tubman became an American hero when she somehow managed to escape her “owners” in 1849. After experiencing life as a free black woman in Philadelphia, she worked hard to save money before returning south multiple times to help free family members and friends using the Underground Railroad. She was also the first woman to lead an armed assault during the American Civil War.

PATSY MINK: You may immediately recognize her name, but Patsy Mink seriously changed the game for women in American politics. She was the first woman of color and first Asian American woman elected into the United States Congress. In 1972, she was the first Asian American to seek a presidential nomination from the democratic party. During her career, she served 12 terms in the House of Representatives. Patsy wrote the Women’s Educational Equity Act, which protected women against discrimination in education.

ROSA PARKS: Do you really need to be reminded about the great Rosa Parks? In 1955, Rosa refused to follow the discriminatory rules on a public bus when she was asked to give up her seat in the “colored” section to a white passenger. She was subsequently arrested, even though she had not broken the law by sitting in the white only section. This sparked a civil rights movement, including bus boycotts that forced the city of Montgomery, Alabama to lift the segregated seat law on public buses. 

MAYA ANGELOU: Best known as an accomplished poet and author, Maya Angelou was also a civil rights activist who inspired many Americans to fight for equality. Maya was great friends with Martin Luther King, and when he was assassinated she refused to celebrate her own birthday for nearly 30 years. In 1969 she released her memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which made history as the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman.

SUSAN B. ANTHONY: If Susan B. Anthony were chosen, it would not be the first time she was featured on a monetary item. From 1979 to 1981, she was pictured on the dollar coin. After the civil war, Susan became focused on women’s rights — specifically their right to vote. In 1872 she was arrested and charged with a $100 fine for voting illegally in the presidential election. In case you were wondering, she never paid the fine.

What are YOUR thoughts on this, HollywoodLifers — Let us know your suggestions in the comments below!

— Lauren Cox