Move over, Alexander Hamilton, a woman is about to steal your spotlight. That’s right, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that a woman will replace him on the $10 bill by 2020. The last time a woman appeared on a bill was Martha Washington in the 19th century. (Yes, it did actually happen already).
The new note will be unveiled in 2020 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. But just who will the historical woman figure be? Legally, the decision belongs to Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew. However, he will consider the public’s input when determining who will appear on U.S. paper currency for the first time in 119 years. “We’re going to spend a lot of time this summer listening to people,” Lew said.
Welcome to the 21st century, everyone. It’s about damn time.