By Susannah Hutcheson, Regular ContributorJuly 5, 2015
The U.S. Department of Treasury has decided to choose a woman to be the new face of the $10 bill by 2020. When we take a look back through history and remember the incredible women that have made marvelous changes on U.S. soil through the year, it’s hard to pick just one. Here are some of my personal frontrunners:
Harriet Tubman was the true definition of badass. As slavery ran rampant in the world around her, Tubman orchestrated an intricate design of secret routes and safe houses to free slaves- otherwise known as the Underground Railroad. She was an insanely important member of the Civil War Era, and deserves recognition for her heroic acts.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a fierce advocate for both slave and female rights, and she developed an intense passion for the women’s suffrage movement. She was truly That Girl- and her work has allowed us to be the girls we are today. Though Stanton died before women could vote, her commitment to women’s rights still rings true.
Laura Ingalls Wilder
As one of the most influential children’s book authors of the 19th and 20th century, Laura Ingalls Wilder opened doors and crashed glass ceilings for women authors everywhere. Her novels have been a source of both wonderful entertainment and rich history for generations of readers, and her books will always love on as an American institution.
While her husband held office as the 32nd President of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt succeeded in being one of the most powerful activists in U.S. history. She drew attention to unfair racial standards, including unfair segments from her husband’s New Deal that discriminated against African Americans. She also took a strong hand in making women more prominent in the media, making her the true definition of That Girl.
Who do you think should be on the ten dollar bill? Tell us below!
Susannah is a Journalism major, passionate about social justice and Jesus Christ. She loves cold weather, triple-shot lattes, and macaroni and cheese. When she’s not writing papers or baking cookies, you can find her Googling random things on the Internet or watching large amounts of reality television. You can read her ramblings at ileftamessinthekitchen.wordpress.com, or look at pictures of her coffee on Instagram: @susannah.beth.
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