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Woman Will Appear on New $10 Bill

U.S. Treasury asks citizens to help revamp note, set to enter circulation in 2020

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After more than 100 years, a woman's portrait will appear on American paper currency, with a revamped $10 scheduled to enter circulation in 2020.

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The portrait of a woman will replace Alexander Hamilton as the face of the $10 bill as part of an upcoming redesign announced by Secretary of the Treasury, Jack Lew, who said the new note will enter circulation in 2020, ABC reports.

The new bill will be the first paper currency in over a century to feature a woman, and its unveiling will line up with the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

Lew did not say which woman, or women, would appear on the new $10, though the Treasury is calling for suggestions, as well as design mock-ups, that will help them decide. Citizens can submit their ideas using the hashtag #TheNew10, or via TheNew10.Treasury.Gov.

The final decision, however, will be made by Lew — not even President Barack Obama can supersede the Secretary on the matter. “Obviously, I share my views on a regular basis on a wide variety of issues with the president but it’s my decision,” Lew said.

While a grassroots campaign, Women on 20s, has recently been pushing for a fresh $20 bill, the revamped $10 bill was partly inspired by a nine-year-old named Sofia, who wrote Obama last year suggesting a woman appear on American currency and including a list of viable candidates for good measure. On Wednesday, Sofia got a call form U.S. treasurer Rosa Rios, informing her of the news.

The only two other women to appear on U.S. paper currency are Martha Washington — who was on the Silver Dollar certificate between 1891 and 1896 — and Pocahontas, who was featured in a group photo on a mid-19th century $20. Various coins, however, do depict women, including Sacagawea and Susan B. Anthony, both of whom are on dollar coins, and Helen Keller, who is on a quarter.

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