Herstory

Creating Herstory: My Picks For the New $10 Bill

Everyone has bee talking about what woman should go on the new $10 especially since the epic failure of most of the GOP Candidates ability to name notable women in US history. Seriously, Margaret Thatcher?? Mother Theresa??? 

This led me to think who would I want to see on the $10 bill? Over the course of the next four posts I’ll be examining my picks for a woman I would like to see on the $10 bill.

So here is my first choice:

Jeannette Rankin

Jeanette Rankin

Jeannette was the first woman elected to congress in 1916. She was an active suffragette before her election. When she was elected she said “I may be the first woman member of congress, but I certainly won’t be the last.” At the time that she ran for congress it was a novelty. Can you believe that? Here we are just a short 100 years later and we have a woman running for president. And Congress woman Rankin’s campaign was a novelty!

Jeannette was a devoted pacifist. She voted against World War I and World War II both of which she took a lot heat for. When Woodrow Wilson implored congress to vote to go to war he said they needed to do it, in order to “make the world safe for democracy.” In 1918 she formed a committee on Women Suffrage. She started her first debate on the subject by saying “How shall we answer the challenge gentlemen? How shall we explain to them the meaning of democracy if the same congress that voted to make the world safe for democracy refuses to give this small measure of democracy to the women of our country?”

Jeannette’s pacifism was tied to her feminism. This was something quite common among early feminists. As one noted feminist in 1919 said “who have brought men into the world and nurtured them until they reach the age of fighting, must experience a peculiar revulsion when they see them destroyed, irrespective of the county in which these men may have been born.”

Jeannette herself said “As a woman I can’t go to war? Why should I send anyone else?”

When everyone else attacked her for voting by her conscience she stood her ground. Given her work in bringing voting rights to all women in this country I think she would be a good pick for our $10 bill.

So who do you think should go on the $10?

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