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Shaheen Applauds Decision to Put Woman on $10 Bill

Eli Christman
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New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen is praising the Treasury Department’s decision to put a woman on the $10 bill in the year 2020.

She says it may not be the change to the $20 bill she had called for, but it’s a big step forward for women.

Shaheen had introduced legislation in April to put a woman on the $20 bill.

In that bill, Shaheen advocated for Harriet Tubman on the $20. Tubman was the choice of the advocates for the “Women on the $20” campaign. But Shaheen says she has her own personal favorite.

"I like Frances Perkins," Shaheen says. "She’s from New England. She was the first woman cabinet member, the longest-serving Secretary of Labor in history. But we have lots of people to choose from, and I think what’s important is for the public to weigh in."

The Treasury says it chose to redesign the $10 instead of the $20 because of a decision in 2013 to redesign the $10 to fight counterfeiting.

The public is now being encouraged to suggest women for the $10.

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