You might have heard the news recently: so long, Hamilton, and hello to a different face on the $10 bill! Later this year, the U.S. Treasury will reveal which visage of a famous woman from history will grace the $10 bill. The question is, who is it going to be?
With this in mind, BBA Week reached out and asked:
“Who would you like to see on the new $10?”
Bronwyn L. Roberts – Duane Morris LLP
“I am thankful that this question is posed as it is and does not have the US Treasury’s requirement that the woman be deceased. Our role models should be modern with fresh ideas and simply put, need not be in the ground. (I take no issue with the other requirement that the woman must embody the theme of the bill’s new look: “Democracy.”) For me, I would like to see former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright appear on the new $10. As an immigrant to the United States who went on to become the highest-ranking woman in the history of the United States government at the time of her appointment, she embodies the American Dream. Through her work as Secretary of State, and thereafter, she vigorously advocated for democracy and human rights. If the US Treasury were to deem Secretary of State Albright ineligible or unworthy for this honor, it would be my plan to vote (and stuff the ballot box) for my personal hero, Tina Fey.”
Manisha H. Bhatt – Greater Boston Legal Services
“Our nation’s history is replete with women who took courageous action in the presence of significant adversity and to their personal detriment in order to advance the greater good. The intention behind their sacrifice was to evolve us in to a nation centered on justice, compassion and equality for all. The recent events in Charleston, Baltimore and Ferguson to name a few; indicate the paramount need to effectively address and have ongoing dialogue regarding the persistent issues of racism in the United States post the civil rights era. Therefore, I would like to see Rosa Parks’ picture on the new $10 bill with the hope that keeping all that she stood for and all she still represents at the center of our nation’s conscience, we can achieve what we ardently need.”
Phelps T. Turner – Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen LLP
“I have to go with conservationist Rachel Carson, who wrote Silent Spring and helped advance the modern environmental movement.”
Deborah J. Manus – Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
“There are so many worthy contenders, but my top choice for the ten dollar bill would be Eleanor Roosevelt. She was a formidable political figure in her own right, not merely the wife of a president. She traveled the country in a way her husband could not at a time when our nation was in the grip of the Great Depression and she focused FDR’s attention on the areas of greatest need. Her commitment to civil rights was extraordinary: she had the courage to take stands that were anything but mainstream at the time. Her work at the United Nations was also remarkable.”
Christina E. Miller – Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
“I would like to see Marian Wright Edelman on the $10 bill. Mrs. Edelman was born in the south in 1939 and rose to attend Spelman College before graduating Yale Law. She became the first African-American woman to pass the bar exam in Mississippi. An activist at heart, she served as a lawyer for the NAACP through tumultuous times and fought hard for equality. Her fight led her to found and lead the Children Defense Fund, where she advocated for the rights of all children. Most significantly, she knew that money was needed to fund education and, particularly, early education as the foundation of success that would build upon the lessons learned. She took her sense of social justice to heart, living and teaching what she believed. As she stated, ‘A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back – but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.'”
Jonathan P. Michaud – Cetrulo LLP
“Janis Joplin. Who doesn’t like Janis?”
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