The replacement of Andrew Jackson by Harriet Tubman wasn’t the only makeover that our currency received. The new $10 bill will feature five prominent suffragettes on its back.
The Treasury Department will honor the 1913 suffragette march, and Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott with the change.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902) was born in Johnstown, New York. She and her husband were abolitionists, and were drawn to the cause of women’s rights. Stanton helped organize the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 and draft the Declaration of Sentiments adopted there. For the rest of her life she helped lead the fight for women’s suffrage.
Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906) was raised a Quaker in Massachusetts and worked as a teacher. She became a reformer, supporting the causes of abolition and temperance. Anthony helped lead the fight for women’s right to vote for most of the late 1800s.
Born Isabella Baumfree, Sojourner Truth (1797–1883) was born into slavery in New York. She gained her freedom in 1826 and in 1843 changed her name to Sojourner Truth with a goal of speaking against injustice. She campaigned for abolition and women’s rights, and is well known for her speech at the 1851 Women’s Convention in Akron, Ohio.
Alice Paul (1885–1977) was born in New Jersey. While studying in England on a scholarship, she became acquainted with the British suffrage movement and its methods, including hunger strikes. On returning to the United States, she applied the lessons learned to campaign for the 19th Amendment.
From Massachusetts, Lucretia Mott (1793–1880) was a Quaker and a leader in the abolition movement. She is also credited with helping to spark the women’s rights movement in the United States. Mott helped organize the Seneca Falls convention and continued to fight for women’s rights and suffrage until her death.