If the American people had a vote in picking a woman to put on the redesigned $10 bill, they would choose Eleanor Roosevelt, the nation’s longest-serving first lady who pushed for greater rights for women, blacks and Asians.
Nearly 1 in 3 registered voters chose Roosevelt, who has been called one of the most admired people of the 20th century, over a host of other women who played significant roles in U.S. history, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.
Abolitionist Harriet Tubman was second with 20 percent of voters, followed by Native American guide Sacagawea, pilot Amelia Earhart and suffragette Susan B. Anthony, who each received 11 percent. Just 4 percent chose Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female justice of the Supreme Court.
“They had a lot to do with building this country, as much as the men did. And still do,” said David Tedder, 62, of Douglasville, Georgia.
The Obama administration announced in June that a woman will appear on the new $10 bill, marking the first time in more than a century that a female face will grace paper currency in the United States. Former first lady Martha Washington and Native American Pocahontas both had a place on bills in the 1800s, while Anthony and Sacagawea briefly adorned the $1 coin. (Read more from “People’s Choice: Eleanor Roosevelt for the $10 Bill” HERE)