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The Treasury Department announced that it plans to put a woman on the $10 bill in 2020, following a long public campaign to honor an American woman on modern currency.
Well, if the federal government is taking suggestions… who do you think should get the honor? Take our poll:
Here are nominations from our readers — some silly, and some serious. (Some answers were lightly edited for length and clarity.)
“Loretta Lynn is Appalachian royalty – the last area of the continent that is truly American with its own unique culture that hasn’t been watered down and corrupted by political correctness, big city immorality, and liberalism. Loretta wrote and sang songs from the heart and did a lot to bring women’s rights to areas of the country that otherwise would not have gotten on board. Make this southern, West Virginian white boy proud. Ayn Rand, although a semi-good author, ain’t even American.”
“She set the wheels of justice in motion.”
A close call
“One would be hard pressed to find a better representative of a modern American: ignorant, short sighted, narrow-minded, with an unabashed persistent goal of increasing personal wealth.”
“The first female Chair at the Fed, quite possibly one of the most powerful people on the planet.”
Susan B. Anthony
“They gave her that stupid dollar coin that never took off! They need to make it up to her! If a woman is willing to get thrown to the ground, arrested, and abused when fighting for women’s rights, she deserves to be on a bill.”
“The first woman elected to the U.S. Senate.”
Sandra Day O’Connor
“The first woman on the Supreme Court. She did a lot more for this nation than at least half, if not more, of the people on your list.”
“She was the greatest actress in U.S. history. She won four Academy Awards, and she always fight for civil rights.”
“Lady Gaga is the Queen, and if you don’t put her on the dollar bill, it might as well be blank.”
“She has brought more tourism and money into the United States than any other female figure! Much more than any politician!”
“Her story is the epitome of the American Dream. Born of poor sharecroppers in Louisiana, she became the first self-made millionaire woman – a huge feat for any woman of that time, but for a black woman of that time in the South, it is an amazing story.”
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
“Jackie helped create what is now the JFK Library, and she helped save Grand Central Terminal. During her time in the White House she completely restored it and did a TV special on all her hard work, for which she won an Emmy. And Jackie raised two amazing children, Caroline, who is now ambassador to Japan, and the late John F. Kennedy Jr.”
“She risked her life to save important items from the White House when the British invaded Washington and burned the White House. She was a beloved figure in Washington, D.C.”
“She created our flag, the symbol of our freedom.”
It’s a tie
“She is the founder of the modern environmental movement.”
“Behind every man is a strong woman. We picked her husband on his merits, I’m sure Martha had many a sleepless night for the sake of this country.”
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
“Elizabeth Cady Stanton played a very large role in the woman’s suffrage movement. I feel it is only fair to have such a lady on the $20 bill. She is part of why women can do what we do today.”
“Beloved principal chief of the Cherokee Nation for 10 years. Intelligent woman who was kind and inspirational and who worked for her people tirelessly.”
So many choices…