Rep. Gutierrez Praises Treasury Secretary for Taking Action to Put a Woman on U.S. Currency

Author of Put A Woman On The Twenty Act (HR 1910) says: “We may have been ten dollars off, but our advocacy was right on the money.”

Washington, DC –-(ENEWSPF)–June 18, 2015.  Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) reacted to news that Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew will announce a process to put a woman’s picture on the new $10 bill by 2020, the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.  On April 21, 2015, Rep. Gutiérrez introduced the “Put A Woman on the Twenty Act of 2015” (H.R. 1910), which called on the Secretary to develop a process for changing that currency.  While the denomination may be different, the message clearly got through.

“My message and the message from hundreds of thousands of people who have petitioned and organized and voted on the web was that it is time to put a woman on our money,” said Congressman Gutiérrez.  “The message got through at Treasury.  We may have been ten dollars off, but our advocacy was right on the money.”

In a speech about his legislation on the House floor on May 20, the Congressman said:

“In a few years, maybe in a few months, when the idea of putting a woman on our money is considered a quaint, old-fashioned debate, and similarly when the idea of putting a person of color on our money no longer seems like such a remarkable step, we will wonder why it took so long.” [text and video: http://1.usa.gov/1J2rcqH]

“It happened a lot quicker than I expected,” said Congressman Gutiérrez. “I applaud the Secretary because putting a woman on our money advances the cause of justice and equality.  By announcing he plans to select a notable woman to be featured on the new $10 note, he is bringing our money into the 21st – or at least allowing it to catch up with the 20th.” 

The Congressman added: “I am honored to foster inclusion and democracy on our currency and look forward to seeing the image of a talented, courageous woman on the new $10 bill as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment.”

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez represents the Fourth District of Illinois, is a Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, and is the Co-Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. 

See also:

April 21: Press release on introduction of H.R. 1910 “Put A Woman on the Twenty Act of 2015

April 30: Floor speech (video/text) on H.R. 1910 “Put A Woman on the Twenty Act of 2015

May 20: Floor speech (video/text) on Harriet Tubman, Andrew Jackson and the Campaign to Put  A Woman on the Twenty

Source: Gutierrez.house.gov