Women's Images on Currency

The Brits are thinking about using an image of Jane Austen on their £10 note. I say more power to them!

I wish Americans would get with the program too. So far, we've only had four women grace our currency. Their images were all on coins.

If you got to pick one or two women to replace Alexander Hamilton's image on a 10-dollar bill, whom would you pick and why?


While prior suggestions all have merit, some are quite obscure. I appreciate Harriet Beecher Stowe's nomination for her impact on the abolition movement, but if we wish to honor those who struggled to end slavery, wouldn't an African-American make more sense? For your consideration: Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman.
Since computers are our lifeblood, so to speak, it might very well be time for Admin. Hopper to grace a bill. :-)

As for Helen Keller, wow, she accomplished a worldwide revolution for the disabled.
Golly, you're right, Kelvin: it would be highly inappropriate to put Adm. Hopper's likeness on paper currency; that image should be on cashless transactions instead. Oh, wait . . . :-)
Kim, Adm. Hopper was a pioneer in computer programming, creator of the first compiler (program to convert readable code into machine code). She coined the term "debug," based on an incident of removing an actual moth from the insides of a malfunctioning computer. :-) Certainly one of the greats of the programming world (and I speak as a software developer), but it's hard for me to see her significance as rising to the level of putting her on a dollar bill. Postage stamp, definitely.
There's nothing "wrong" with Clara Barton, Jason; I just have reservations. You must admit that it's odd when a person won't commit to Unitarianism; it's rather like refusing to offer an opinion on any topic whatsoever, or like being so open-minded that your brains fall out if you bend over. And I heard from a former pastor, a relatively but not totally reliable witness, that he was distantly related to Ms. Barton, and that she dabbled to some degree - and maybe was quite committed to - in witchcraft. I'd just rather not have her face on our currency and only discover the facts after the Wiccans were doing their happy-dance.

So, Jason, while I would respectfully disagree with Kevin about Eleanor Roosevelt, I would simply want more information about Clara Barton. And a question for you: do we have any images whatsoever of Betsy Ross? Or would the currency designers have to settle for one of those gray "no photo submitted" outlines, like we have in the contact lists of our mobile phones for friends who are camera-shy?

Kim, you'll find that Admiral Hopper is one of the most unappreciated women of all time. (Yes, I know that that's saying a lot, including in present company.) In computing, she's at least the equal of Ada Lovelace (who the Brits should lionize alongside Lady Thatcher, IMNSHO).
Harriet Beecher Stowe is an excellent suggestion. She wrote a book that touched the soul, and made people realize the black Americans' humanity.

I'm intrigue at the Abigail Adams suggestion. I don't know Adm. Hopper.
One thing that would be good is to make the coins better. The Suzie B is to hard to tell from a quarter.
Whats wrong with Clara Barton?
We appreciate the compliment nonetheless, Lee. :-) My dad would agree with you about Admiral Hopper; he's a great admirer of hers.
OK, it's true that Kim and Gina would be my personal favorites, but perhaps they wouldn't have sufficient notoriety to be serious candidates. But I think Abigail Adams is a worthy well-known, and was a Founding Mother (effectively, anyway). In technology, Admiral Grace Hopper. In social work, Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller's teacher. I have some hesitation about Clara Barton, but she's a possibility.
Along with the (mostly) good suggestions below, I'd throw into the conversation Nellie Bly, Rosa Parks, Clara Barton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, and, for her pioneering work in the field of snack cakes, Dolly Madison.
Mary was a great heroine who took over the navigation of her ship while carrying for her husband who was down with TB. Luce was a great foreign correspondant and lady of adventure.
Mary Ann Patten(wife of the captain of the Neptune's Car) and Clare Booth Luce.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
For greatly helping speed the abolition of the unspeakable evil of human slavery. I have no doubt she will be among the most highly-honored women of all time in the Eternal Ages. Would that today we had such a woman to help speed the abolition of the unspeakable evil of human abortion.

Her words 161 years ago are, spinetinglingly and nausea-inducingly, just as applicable today:

“Scenes of blood and cruelty are shocking to our ear and heart. What man has nerve to do, man has not nerve to hear. What brother-man and brother-Christian must suffer, cannot be told us, even in our secret chamber, it so harrows the soul! And yet, oh my country! these things are done under the shadow of thy laws! O, Christ! thy church sees them, almost in silence!” (Uncle Tom's Cabin, Chapter 40)
Kim Moreland and Gina Dalfonzo! And anyone who has to ask "why" obviously doesn't hang out here very often.

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