Woman on currency

The new $10 bill should honor Rosa Parks’ impact


William Philpott

Rosa Parks in June 1999, when she was presented with a Congressional Gold Medal.

Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Susan B. Anthony, Sandra Day O’connor and Anne Oakley are some of the many women that have made a huge impact on history.

These women have fought to make sure that women have the same rights as men and without them, many of us wouldn’t be able to do the simple things we do in our everyday lives.

Although there have been many significant changes and big steps for women’s rights. There are still many things to be done.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced that the government will be issuing a new $10 bill in 2020 will be featuring a woman.

Rosa Parks is one of the many women who should first appear on paper money because of her great impact in the U.S.

The U.S. will be following 10 other countries who have made similar changes in currency and it will be in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Constitution’s 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

The U.S Treasury has reached out on social media for the public to help them decide who will be the new face of the new $10 bill using the hashtag #TheNew10.

Many people have responded on social media calling out names like Parks, and Roosevelt. Parks has been many people’s choices for the new 10 dollar bill and it’s no surprise.

She was best known for being a civil activist. Her refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus spurred a boycott and this event has left a lasting impression on our country. This act of defiance marked her as a symbol of civil rights movement.

Parks spoke up for herself and wouldn’t let anyone belittle her. Because of her great courage, her efforts should be recognized through the $10 bill.

Although some people have proposed modern day women to be on the new bill, the woman by law has to be deceased in order to be chosen. Also, the Department of Treasury would like her to have impacted Democracy in some sort of way.

This new change of currency however, comes with a lot of concern. For one thing, people don’t like the idea that a woman has to share a bill with Alexander Hamilton.

It’s bad enough that women don’t receive the same amount as men for the same job but the woman who will receive the honor of being a symbol of new change has to share her glory with another man?

The bill was first introduced when many people were campaigning for a woman to be on U.S. currency. A campaign called “Women on 20s” reached out to the government asking them to replace Andrew Jackson with a woman and create a new $20 bill.

The U.S. treasury later decided to compromise and announced during the summer that they will feature the woman on the $10 bill instead of the $20 bill.

This caused more uproar than praise because Alexander Hamilton has made a huge impact on the U.S. and it didn’t seem fair that the two people who are very important to U.S. history will have to share a bill.

Although there is still a lot to be done to finally have gender equality, this is a small step in that direction. Rosa Parks should be the woman to be featured on the new $10 bill.

It has been over a century since a woman was featured on a U.S. paper bill. The first being Pocahontas, who was on the $20 bill from 1865 to 1869, and Martha Washington who was on the dollar certificate between 1891 and 1896.

It is about time that another woman is getting the privilege of being represented on U.S. currency and the woman that should be honored needs to be Rosa Parks.