Who Should Be the New Face of the Ten Dollar Bill?

Last week, the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury announced that the new face of the $10 bill will feature the portrait of a woman, replacing Alexander Hamilton. If you were given the opportunity to nominate someone to be on the $10 bill, who would it be? Share your thoughts in today’s Question of the Week.

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Brenda Welty August 4, 2015 at 8:06 am

Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mia Angelo, Rosa Parks!


Dorothy July 7, 2015 at 8:36 am

I doubt that they would be so kind as to give two paper currency to represent the women so why not do as Catherine said but allow these two women to share the $20 bill that would be something new and unique (Eleanor Roosevelt and Harriett Tubman). Sometimes we have to think outside the box.


JUDY July 2, 2015 at 12:58 pm



Adrienne J. Dye June 30, 2015 at 10:29 am

I would definitely want to choose an American woman. Condoleza Rice comes to my mind. She is strong and proven very capable and is yet eloquent under pressure. She has proven herself.


Faye Harris-Dixon June 29, 2015 at 1:21 pm

Fannie Lou Hamer; as an advocate for change in this country I feel that Mrs. Hamer embodies the ideals of this great nation " that ALL men are created EQUAL" and should so justly enjoy the benefits of our nations claims.


Mary-Anne June 28, 2015 at 11:54 pm

After reading all the comments I did not see a single black woman nominated, so I vote for Sojourner Truth.


Shante June 28, 2015 at 6:56 am

Clara Barton


ludmila ferreira June 27, 2015 at 6:04 pm

Obama,without a doubt!


Catherine June 27, 2015 at 4:55 pm

The whole point of this is to put one of the many women in the USA who have contributed to the betterment of this country. Eleanor Roosevelt, who among other things, established the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, could be on the $10 bill, and Harriet Tubman, a leader in our struggles for equality, could be on the $20. Why limit it to one? (And thank you, Matt, for your helpful comments.)


Faye Harris-Dixon June 29, 2015 at 1:22 pm

Well said Catherine


James A. Fischer, RN, MSN, CGRN June 27, 2015 at 9:10 am

Hillary Rodham Clinton


David Plaut June 30, 2015 at 8:49 am

Curios why you select her. What has she done to justify this honor?


San man June 26, 2015 at 9:07 pm

Barack Obama Americas first Black President


P June 26, 2015 at 8:12 pm

Hilliary Clinton if she makes it to be the first woman POTUS. If not, then Eleanor Roosevelt.


Kathryn Hunt June 26, 2015 at 3:16 pm

I agree with all the reasons for choosing Mother Theresa. She is the first woman to come to my mind.


cmm June 26, 2015 at 3:00 pm

A few ideas for names for the $10 bill:
Lisa Meitner; Rosalind Franklin, Nettie Stevens, Esther Lederberg, Chien-Shiung, Wu
Matilda Joslyn Gage.

Some of these people may not have been born in the usa but their contributions have had universal effect and the picture of the gent currently residing on the $10 bill was not born here either exactly.


Carla M Grosmann, MD June 26, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Emma Lazarus with the Statue of Liberty i the background "Give m your poor...."


Jane P. June 26, 2015 at 11:53 am

Eleanor Roosevelt or Betsy Ross


Tony Keyes June 26, 2015 at 11:19 am

Alexander Hamilton


C June 26, 2015 at 9:43 am

One reason to change the identity on the bills is for anti-counterfeiting reasons. All paper currencies are being updated periodically for security purposes as well as material fatigue. While the treasury is planning to install new features in the bills (holograms, new paper, metal strip), it costs no more to change a portrait as new moulds will be needed anyway. I say go ahead, add someone new. Just because influential people did great work doesn't mean they should occupy a bill for all time. That snubs subsequent people who have also done great work. Let's share the praise and honor those who deserve it. Even Laika, the dog who went up and then died slowly inside Sputnik was on currency in Russia. She was and continues to be a national hero but she's no longer on currency as someone else is now being honored.


Deb Fisher June 26, 2015 at 9:07 am

Susan B Anthony


Donna June 26, 2015 at 9:00 am

Being budget minded I vote to keep the same face; what is the cost to make a change to a new image?


Lauren June 26, 2015 at 8:58 am

Mother Teresa was a wonderful person, whose life did indeed model peace and love - she was one of my grandmother's favorite people, actually. However, if we're looking at U.S. influencial women, I'd say maybe Susan B. Anthony or Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who both fought tirelessly for women's rights.


Debbie June 26, 2015 at 8:38 am

I myself am into history, so I say, what's wrong with keeping the face that is on the $10 bill already!


ETORDELLA June 26, 2015 at 8:14 am

Alexander Hamilton. Why change?


Mary Valentine June 26, 2015 at 7:59 am

I think Alexander Hamilton should be left on the $10 bill.

Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first Secretary of the Treasury and thus he became the architect of the structure of the Department. He designed a Treasury Department for the collection and disbursing of public revenue, but also for the promotion of the economic development of the country.

Being on the currency is an honor which he deserves.


Matt June 26, 2015 at 8:48 am

Then how about the $20? Jackson despised the idea of paper money and refused to use it. Let's take him off of our currency.


Bonnie C June 26, 2015 at 9:46 am

It would be good to include some of the women who have also helped to make this country great. But I agree that using the $20 instead of the $10 is a better choice (you get $20s when you use the ATM and it's the value most given at the bank as well). If the intention is to honor a woman for her accomplishments, then why use the $10? (Personally I think we need to really mix it up to help prevent counterfeit attempts.)


Charlotte Blue June 26, 2015 at 7:24 am

I thought about this carefully and came up with Mother Theresa, she stood for world peace. What better way to show our love and gratitude to a women who was small in statue, but BIG IN LOVE. She gave of herself until she died. The bill do say IN GOD WE TRUST..so why not have a trusting face when we look at our money.


Linda June 26, 2015 at 8:18 am

I agree with Charlotte. It should be Mother Theresa. She represented God to our world by showing so much love to so many. And since our money states "In God We Trust", who could better represent God's love.


C June 26, 2015 at 9:34 am

The USA is a secular state no matter how much some people would like to believe otherwise. How would you feel if our currency were changed to "In Allah We Trust" or "In Kali We Trust" or "In Voodoo We Trust"? Get all religion out of government so all can be represented equally. Do what you want at home and let others do the same. Removal of religious symbols and language from all U.S. currency is something I'd like to see happen unless we add others like Ganesh and animal deities to add balance and show religious tolerance.

Bonnie C June 26, 2015 at 9:43 am

If you want a strong spiritual leader, how about Elizabeth Seton (first U.S. born citizen canonized by the Catholic church)?

Matt June 26, 2015 at 8:43 am

Mother Theresa wasn't from the US. I think we should look a little closer to home for a strong female leader to put on the $10.


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