Women We Would Like to See on the $10 Bill

Bye bye, Alexander Hamilton!

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Sacagawea has her own dollar coin, so why shouldn't there be some other ladies of historical importance on our national currency? Well good news! Alexander Hamilton is getting bounced from the $10 bill to make room for one of history's most important women. Who will it be? We found some excellent candidates who "fit the bill."

Eleanor Roosevelt

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This former first lady was one of the most respected women of the twentieth century. She became a staunch advocate for the rights of women, racial and ethnic minorities, and the poor. When her husband, Franklin D. Roosevelt, became President of the United States, she transformed the role of First Lady by taking an active role in the work of FDR. Roosevelt was also appointed as a delegate to the United Nations, where she helped create the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Harriet Tubman

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Born a slave in Maryland, Harriet Tubman escaped to freedom, and later led more than 300 other slaves to the North and to Canada to their freedom. The best-known conductor on the Underground Railroad, she was acquainted with many of the social reformers and abolitionists of her time, and she spoke against slavery and for women's rights. 

Rosa Parks

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Rosa Parks became a civil rights icon just by riding a bus home from work. As the bus filled up, she was expected to relinquish her seat for a white man. She refused, and was arrested for violating Alabama's segregation laws. The black community mobilized a boycott of the bus system which lasted for 381 days and resulted in the ending of segregation on Montgomery's buses.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a leader in 19th century activism for women's suffrage. Stanton often worked with Susan B. Anthony to form the women's suffragist "dream team." She served as the theorist and writer, while Anthony was the public spokesperson.

Gloria Steinem

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Steinem was the founder of . Magazine during the second-wave feminist movement in the 1960s and 1970s. The magazine became an outlet for civil rights, different from other women's magazines of the time. She's also a bestselling author and prominent spokesperson on women’s issues and feminist activism.

Katharine Graham

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Graham became the first female CEO in America and publisher of The Washington Post when her husband, Philip Graham, committed suicide. Under Graham's leadership, The Post became known for its hard-hitting investigations, including the publication of the secret Pentagon Papers against the advice of lawyers and against government directives, followed by the Woodward and Bernstein investigation of the Watergate scandal.

Sandra Day O'Connor

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Sandra Day O'Connor was. Former President Ronald Reagan appointed her in 1981 and, she was often known to exercise a swing vote. A proponent of state's rights, she has taken a middle road on abortion, affirmative action, religious freedom and death penalty issues.

Bonus: Susan B. Anthony

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Ok, so Susan B. Anthony was already on a coin—a dollar coin to be exact, but we'll give her a pass to be in the running for an actual piece of paper currency. After the Civil War, she was discouraged that those working for "Negro" suffrage were excluding women, so Anthony became more focused on woman suffrage. She helped to found the American Equal Rights Association in 1866.