By Brandon Gaddy
“Eleanor Roosevelt because she had done so much during the Great Depression and War World II,” said history teacher Linda McCubbins when asked who she believed should be on the next $10 bill.
Last June, the Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew put out a survey asking which woman in American history should be on the next $10 bill.
“Several million people have responded since Mr. Lew issued an unprecedented invitation to the public last June to help redesign the nation’s cash. His question: Which woman from American history should be chosen as the first on paper currency since Martha Washington briefly graced the $1 silver certificate in the late 19th century?” writes Jackie Calmes of the New York Times.
For a person to be on a $10 bill they have to be dead. Potential women include abolitionist Harriet Tubman, suffragist Susan B. Anthony, civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, and former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
“The $10 note became a vehicle for an administration eager to make a historic statement for women before President Obama leaves office,” according to Ms. Calmes.
Women being on the ten dollar bill may cause national controversy.
“I don’t see any reason not to have a women on $10 bill because we make up half of the population in the country and we should be as represented as men,” said Mrs. McCubbins.
Some women are complaining about the choice of the $10 bill because there are more $20 bills going around and not enough $10 bills. But the $10 is the bill next up for changing to the higher security format.
Should a woman be on a paper bill, and if so which one?
“It really doesn’t matter to me because money is money. Rosa Parks because she did a lot for the black people and the white people,” junior Lance Tebay said.