Leaders of the Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus have chosen Esther Hobart Morris, America’s first female Justice of the Peace and a Wyoming resident, as their pick to be the face on the redesigned $10 bill.
Earlier this summer, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced the initiative to feature a woman on the $10 note. He invited the public to contribute their picks via social media with the hashtag #thenew10.
Ruth Ann Petroff is co-chairman of the caucus. She says Esther Hobart Morris may not have the name recognition of someone like Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, or Susan B. Anthony.
"But, you know Susan B. Anthony was the one who told women to move to Wyoming, because we were a state that embraced the rights of women. And so we think it’s appropriate to have a woman who is representative of all the Wyoming women’s firsts," says Petroff.
The website www.estherhobartmorris.com is taking signatures for Morris’s nomination. The new $10 dollar bill will be released into circulation in 2020, the 100th anniversary of the United States granting women the right to vote.