6 Women We Think Should be on the #TheNew10

By now, you’ve surely heard that the U.S. Treasury announced its plans to put a woman on the new $10 bill in 2020—the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed females the right to vote. Well, now there’s a new twist: The Treasury wants the public to weigh in on who should grace the bill and invites us to tag our picks on social media using the hashtag #TheNew10.

Ask and you shall receive: We’ve come up with six women we think should make the cut.


Beyoncé Knowles

You don’t need us to tick off the laundry list of reasons why Queen Bey should be immortalized on the $10 bill, but here are a few: In addition to being the world’s most famous entertainer, the influential 33 year old is also an actress, a businesswoman, a wife and mother, and a new feminist icon. And she’s really, really nice to look at.


Joan Didion

Worshipping at the altar of Joan Didion is nothing new—some might even call it cliché—but the 80 year old is inarguably one of the best and most important literary figures the Western world has produced. Known for her spare, clean, graceful prose and cooler-than-cool, cerebral persona, Joan recently made headlines when Céline’s Phoebe Philo cast her in the brand’s Spring 2014 campaign, a spot-on pairing of culture and fashion.


Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

These two young women warrant the spot on the $10 because they managed to leverage a hammy role on Full House, a Walmart line, a string of early-aughts direct-to-video movies, a song called “Gimme Pizza,” and a former obsession with dressing like bag ladies into a legitimate empire that includes two thriving fashion lines that are both critical and commercial successes. And that’s before taking into consideration their remarkable, influential personal style.


Gloria Steinem

Listen up, Treasury: What better woman for female-fronted money than the one who single-handedly changed the course of feminism? The activist and author—now 81 years old—seems like a no brainer.


Coco Chanel

OK, so she’s not American. But surely the woman who changed the course of fashion in the 20th century—and who made quilted leather bags a status symbol seen round the world—deserves a spot on what everyone wishes they had more of to afford her legacy. Sad Fun fact: To buy most of the aforementioned bags, you’d need to have between 300 and 550 $10 bills handy.

There you have it—our picks! Let us know via Twitter (@stylecaster) which woman you think deserves a spot on the $10.

Photos: Getty Images; Illustrations by Candace Napier