Target: Ms. Barbara Ortiz Howard, Founder of Womenon20s.org
Goal: Commend plan to put a woman on the $10 bill.
A proud woman’s face will be staring up at all Americans from the $10 bill starting some time in 2020. The announcement that Alexander Hamilton would be replaced with the visage of an important and powerful woman from U.S. history came after significant deal of pushing by activists, including those on Force Change who signed a recent petition. This is a wonderful step towards balancing out some of the innate biases of U.S. society and the organization that made it possible deserves to be applauded for finally making it happen
There can be no doubt that there’s still a gap between women and men and that gap is no more apparent than on U.S. paper money. There are no women featured on any of the bills despite the large impact that women have had, and continue to have, on U.S history. The original plan of the advocates at Womenon20s.org was to remove Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill as it is well known that Jackson was a genocidal maniac and that the $20 bill is the most circulated piece of U.S. currency.
In a sort of compromise, the President has said that Hamilton will be replaced on the $10 instead. This is not welcome news to many because Hamilton is a celebrated hero, whereas Jackson was a murderer, and a woman is being put on a less important bill. This is however, a step in the right direction and hopefully the activists at womenon20s.org will be able to capitalize on it and someday get the mean mug of Jackson deposed. Sign here to thank Womenon20s for making this possible and making a real change in U.S. history itself.
Dear Ms. Ortiz,
I am writing to wholeheartedly thank you, and your organization, for the great efforts you have made to get a woman’s face on our money. The President has announced that Alexander Hamilton will be removed from the $10 bill and replaced with a proud, strong woman from U.S. history. While I understand that this was not the exact change you were seeking, it is still a step in the right direction. I would personally rather have had Andrew Jackson removed as well, but this is not a bad compromise.
That being said, I urge you to take this compromise in stride and not falter in your attempts to put the face of a woman on the $20 bill as well. This just proves that it is possible to change things if people are willing to work hard enough and express their discontent publicly enough.
I understand that not everyone is happy about the idea of the a woman being on our money, but that is simply too bad for them. Thank you for all of the wonderful work you have done on behalf of every girl and boy who grows up with at least, but hopefully not limited to, one woman on their money.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: U.S. Treasury