It's time to wave goodbye to Alexander Hamilton; there's a new gal ready to paint the town red. Well, in this case, green.

This past week, the Treasury Department announced that a woman will appear on the new $10 bill, scheduled for release in 2020. It's a fitting decision, given that 2020 marks the 100-year anniversary of the 19th amendment that gave women the right to vote.

And on top of that, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is seeking public input through social media to pick the historical female icon.

It's hard to narrow down with so many great candidates, but I've chosen the top five women I'd like to see staring back at me the next time I open my wallet:

1. Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt was so much more than a first lady. She was a staunch advocate for gender and racial equality, especially for those suffering under her husband's New Deal. She even opposed Franklin Roosevelt publicly, in an age where American women were expected to nod politely along with whatever their husbands told them. She held her own press conferences, wrote her own syndicated newspaper column and was the first presidential spouse to speak at a national convention. Ultimately, she became one of the most widely respected people in the world and a true feminist icon.

2. Harriet Tubman

Even after she escaped from slavery herself after almost 30 years, Tubman risked her life going back to help liberate hundreds of slaves as a conductor of the Underground Railroad. She became a Union spy during the Civil War and then an advocate for women's rights after it. She has garnered the most support so far in the race for monetary face fame, and with good reason; she's a true American hero and a woman worthy of the coveted currency position.

3. Sally Ride

Ride became the first American woman to travel to space in 1983. She is also the first-known lesbian astronaut, but her longtime partnership with her childhood best friend was kept a secret until after her death. She was a big supporter for science education and founded her own company to help promote science programing in schools. Today, she remains an impressive role model not only for young women in science, but also for every little kid who has dreams of reaching the stars.

4. Wilma Mankiller

As the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation, Mankiller was more than just a woman with a unique name. She served as chief for 10 years and during that time, the Cherokee population more than doubled in size. She is credited with not only improving the relationship between the federal government and the Cherokee people, but also with becoming an example of modern female leadership for young girls everywhere, both in and outside of the tribe.

5. Margaret Sanger

Sanger is best known for her work as an activist for birth control as she thought giving women the power to control contraception was the key to garnering gender equality in the workforce. She believed wholeheartedly in the right for girls to make their own choices about their bodies, which is a lesson with great importance today, especially in light of recent legislation about abortions and women's health insurance. Without her strong voice and unrelenting determination, even in the face of harsh criticism, women's rights would not have advanced nearly as far as they have today.


Deanna Ferrante is a contributing writer for the Central Florida Future.

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