I heard the chatter about putting a woman on the $10 federal reserve note. US Treasurer Rosie Rios took some heat for suggesting a woman share the bill with Alexander Hamilton.
That’s not a horrid idea. It works in Australia. (Page to the bottom of this page.) Except for the Queen alone on the $5 note, the other denominations all have a woman on one side and a man on the other. Maybe we should ditch the buildings on all US paper money and put women on the reverse side of all the money. Or redesign all the notes so that buildings were in the background and people as the main theme.
Having women on money isn’t new in the US. It’s just an old idea. And most of the women who appeared before presidents were goddesses. I’m sure that will go down well in some Christian camps were it revisited.
I can think of women, largely non-political, whose faces could be put on money without much of a fuss. I would hope musical artists would be considered–people like Billie Holiday, Patsy Cline, and Amy Beach. Mary Cassatt or Georgia O’Keefe, yes. If Dorothy Day didn’t want to be marginalized as a saint, I wonder how she would react to being on the flip side from George Washington. Some others: Babe Didrikson, Frances Perkins, Amelia Earhart, Elizabeth Ann Seton.
You readers can probably think of others. Let’s assume we’re stuck with dead presidents. Whom would you pair with George, Tom, Abe, Alex, Andy, U.S., and Ben on the flip side of their respective paper notes?
And after you share your opinion in the commentariat below, tell the feds what you think here.