Have you heard the good word? Ladies are finally getting to make their mark on American currency. Which: Finally! (And also: yay!) On late Wednesday evening, the Treasury Department announced that they would select one of the countless women who’ve shaped the face of this nation, to take over half of the $10 bills — alongside founding father Alexander Hamilton — by 2020. And while we’re disappointed it’s not ALL of the $10 bills (really, only half? And here we were campaigning for the $20 bill with #WomanOn20s! Oh sweet irony), we’re inclined to celebrate the achievement because finally — finally! — women are getting a teensy bit of credit for their incredibly vital contributions to our society. USA! USA! USA!
All of this energy and enthusiasm for a good ol’ fashioned win for women got us feeling giddy and silly. (Even the baby steps in the march towards equality make us feel some sorta way.) And while they haven’t announced who that all-encompassing lady hero of badassitude will be, the mere notion of course got us thinking: who would we, the fair geeks and nerds of the world, put on our currency if we had a say?
Obviously there are far more heroic figures than our beloved nerd heroes — Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, the Notorious RBG, and Gloria Steinem all immediately come to mind as true heroes of a myriad causes — these are, after all, women who’ve made a big difference in the fight for freedom and equality for everyone beyond the limits our society has culturally or physically placed upon its people.
But still: this is a celebratory time, right? So why not have a little fun with how empowered we all feel, eh?
Who would you put on the $10 bill? Be it a geek icon or a serious, real-life warrior for justice? Let’s hear ’em in the comments.
Alicia Lutes is the Associate Editor of Geek & Sundry. Find her on the Tweet Machine @alicialutes.