Rep. Maloney Applauds Treasury Announcement on Currency Featuring Hamilton, Tubman and Suffragettes
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) applauded today’s news from the Treasury announcing that Alexander Hamilton will remain on the $10 bill and be joined by five suffragettes, that Harriet Tubman will be placed on the new $20 bill and that the new $5 bill will commemorate the Civil Rights Movement and other key moments in our nation’s history. She released the following statement:
“This is great news for our country, with phenomenal, leading women at long last being commemorated and honored on our currency. It’s also great news for New York that Alexander Hamilton will remain on the $10 bill and the incredible Harriet Tubman, who was an adopted New Yorker later in life, will be placed on the $20 bill."
“Currency is ubiquitous in our everyday lives and making the change to showcase these female leaders is a wonderful way to honor the work they have done and all that they, and those who followed in their footsteps, have accomplished. I’m pleased that Alexander Hamilton, the father of our nation’s financial system, will remain on the $10 bill. As we approach the centennial of the 19th Amendment, it is an apt time to celebrate suffragettes and their contributions to our nation. Their actions led to the enfranchisement of half the nation’s population, ensuring that woman’s voices, too, would be heard in our government. The movement’s strong roots in New York have greatly influenced and inspired my own work, including my support and advocacy for the Equal Rights Amendment. Alice Paul, a leading suffragette, was also the initial author of the ERA, and now that we have commemorated this movement on our currency, I hope we will add women into the Constitution as well.”