Barack Obama will no longer be the president in 2020 when a woman finally appears on U.S. paper currency—but he will get credit for it.
The decision to put a woman on the $10 bill was announcedThursday by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, though exactly who the woman will be is still TBD. Still, the plan may give fellow Democrats some girl-power points heading into the 2016 presidential election to decide who succeeds Obama.
Beyond the electoral implications, Lew’s move in coordination with the White House represents a bookend for a president who took office in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression and often has spoken of the economic challenges that women face. In public remarks throughout his presidency, Obama has drawn on the challenges his late mother and grandmother faced and expressed a sense of feminist obligation to his own two daughters, Sasha and Malia.
My question is: how will it be decided whom to give the honor to, and who do you think she will be? A former first lady is unlikely, how about Betsy Ross or a fictional character like Rosie the Riveter from WWII? Hey William, how about Taylor Swift? One of the Kardashians?