On the Money

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It is about time that a woman graced a unit of paper currency.  Our nation is well into its third century and, yet, there hasn’t been a woman on paper currency, with the brief exception of Martha Washington in the late nineteenth century  on a $1 silver certificate– whatever that is.  Women comprise more than 50% of the population.  We work hard to earn money.  We work hard to spend the money. Therefore, we have earned the right to appear on money.

There have been conversations recently about the possibility of replacing Alexander Hamilton with a woman on the $10 note. I object to this because Alexander Hamilton was the first secretary of the treasury and founder of our country’s monetary system.  He deserves his place on the $10 bill.  I vote that we ditch Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill.  Jackson was a scoundrel who caused much turmoil during his presidency.  He is especially known for the heinous acts that he committed against Native Americans, so he does not deserve the honor of gracing our currency.

I nominate Jeanette Rankin as the first woman to appear on a paper bill.  She was the first woman to serve as a congressperson.  She was elected to serve her state of Montana four years before the passage of the 19th amendment, ensuring woman national suffrage.   There are many qualified women in the annals of American history.  It should not be difficult to find a deserving candidate.

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