Tubman, Susan B. Anthony win support for redesigned $10 bill

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. -- Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony were the names most mentioned Monday as women who should be considered for a redesigned $10 bill during a town-hall meeting with U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios.

Eleanor Roosevelt and Elizabeth Cady Stanton also had support as Rios took suggestions and answered questions during the sessionat Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, site of the first women's-rights convention in 1848. The chapel is part of the Women's Rights National Historical Park.

"This is such a historic moment for all of us," Rios said during the latest in a series of public discussions held since June, when Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced a redesign of the $10 bill that would replace the portrait of Alexander Hamilton with one of a woman.

Afterward, Rios said several hundred names have been suggested, but no finalists have been chosen.

Christine Doolittle of Montour Falls held a sign in support of Eleanor Roosevelt, but said she would prefer the former first lady and activist go on the $20 bill in place of Andrew Jackson.

"What's wrong with two women?" she asked.

Tubman, a conductor of the Underground Railroad, had strong support in the crowd, although several people, including a woman who identified herself as a descendant, said they, too, would prefer to see her replace Jackson.

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