Eleanor Roosevelt

This Is the Woman Leading the Race to Be on the $10 Bill


The Treasury Department, at least partially, heeded the calls of many to feature a woman on American paper currency, when Secretary Jack Lew announced June 17 that they will feature a woman’s face on the $10 bill. Now that the dilemma of “if” a woman can be featured has been solved, the major question remaining is “who?” A recent poll revealed that Americans have a clear answer.

According to a McClatchy-Marist poll released Wednesday, former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt is the first choice of Americans, with 27% hoping she will secure the honor, Reuters reported. Abolitionist Harriet Tubman and explorer Sacagawea are next in line, earning 17% and 13% of votes respectively.

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And, in fact, the American people’s opinion does matter: In an unprecedented move, the Treasury Department decided to allow the American people to choose this new icon in a campaign called “The New 10.”

“The response has been tremendous,” Lew says in a recent video update, noting that there have been more than 1.5 million interactions via public forums, roundtables, open houses and on social media regarding the decision.

Eleanor Roosevelt would certainly be a sensible choice given her many incredible accomplishments. The longest-serving first lady was a staunch advocate for civil, women’s and human rights; she was a member of the NAACP board of directors, served as the head of the United Nations Human Rights Commission and supported countless other humanitarian efforts.

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But choosing Roosevelt has racial implications as well. Whether or not to choose a woman of color for this distinction has been a contentious point of debate. While some like The Root’s Kirsten West Savali have equateddoing so would be like offering “hush money,” considering the many economic obstacles women of color in this country still face, others note it’s an opportunity for widespread representation of a largely marginalized population.

Ultimately, the choice is ours. Lew and the Treasury Department will announce the final decision “soon,” but there’s still time left to determine who the victor will be.

h/t Reuters

Harriet Tubman Set to Be Honored with Face on $10 Bill



Americans may soon be pulling stacks of Tubmans out of their wallets at the gas station. The Huffington Post reported abolitionist Harriet Tubman is going to be featured on the newly redesigned $10 bill. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is expected to officially announce the new bill redesign on Friday.

“America’s currency is a way for our nation to make a statement about who we are and what we stand for. Our paper bills — and the images of great American leaders and symbols they depict—have long been a way for us to honor our past and express our values,” Lew said in a statement. “We have only made changes to the faces on our currency a few times since bills were first put into circulation, and I’m proud that the new 10 will be the first bill in more than a century to feature the portrait of a woman.”

The new design will not eliminate  Alexander Hamilton, whose image is currently on the $10 bill.

“There are many options for continuing to honor Hamilton. While one option is producing two bills, we are exploring a variety of possibilities,” Lew said.

The Huffington Post stated the new bills will be released in 2020, a century after the 19th Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote.  Tubman had also been suggested to replace President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

twenty-20-dollar-billJackson is a controversial figure with some people calling for him to removed from the $20 bill because of his background whichincludes racism and genocide. They argue a man who was responsible for the Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears should not be on our national currency.

According to Slate writer Jillian Keenan, “Even in historical context, our seventh president falls short. His racist policies were controversial even in his own time. After the Indian Removal Act only narrowly passed Congress, an 1832 Supreme Court ruling declared it unconstitutional.”

Keenan said Tubman’s legendary life, which includes escaping slavery, carrying out undercover missions to liberate slaves and serving as a Civil War spy and Army scout, is much more worthy of recognition than Jackson.

“Personally, my vote goes to Harriet Tubman. If Jackson’s humble origins inspire people, you can’t start much lower than Tubman, who was born into slavery,” she said. “Although Tubman escaped to Philadelphia, she bravely risked her life to return to the South and help more than 300 enslaved people escape to freedom through the Underground Railroad. During the Civil War, she served our country as a nurse, armed scout, and spy for the Union Army, and wrapped up her heroic life by campaigning with Susan B. Anthony for women’s right to vote. It doesn’t get more inspirational than that.”

Tubman was initially nominated to appear on the $20 bill as part of an online survey organized by Women on 20, a woman’s advocacy group. Tubman beat out 15 other candidates including former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and civil rights campaigner Rosa Parks.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), who wrote a bill calling for Lew to appoint a panel of citizens to find famous women who could appear on the $20 note, was pleased with the decision.

“Today, those voices all across the country calling for the contributions of women to be honored on our paper currency, were heard and now change is happening,” Shaheen said in a statement. “This announcement follows a tremendous grassroots movement that spread through the power of social media and good old-fashioned word-of-mouth. While it might not be the twenty-dollar bill, make no mistake, this is a historic announcement and a big step forward.”

Learn more about Harriet Tubman:

Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom

Harriet Tubman: The Moses of Her People (African American)

Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero

Harriet Tubman: Imagining a Life

H/t: DB

Remembering Mike Wallace 1918-2012

I was a Mike Wallace fan and have missed his unique style of reporting and his bold journeys into territory few other newscasters and journalists would dare venture into.

On March 14, 2006, Wallace announced his retirement from 60 Minutes after 37 years with the program.


Video compilation of Mr. Wallace’s career…

For half a century, he took on corrupt politicians, scam artists and bureaucratic bumblers. His visits were preceded by the four dreaded words: Mike Wallace is here.

Wallace took to heart the old reporter’s pledge to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. He characterized himself as “nosy and insistent.”

So insistent, there were very few 20th century icons who didn’t submit to a Mike Wallace interview. He lectured Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, on corruption. He lectured Yassir Arafat on violence.

He asked the Ayatollah Khoumeini if he were crazy.

He traveled with Martin Luther King (whom Wallace called his hero). He grappled with Louis Farrakhan.

And he interviewed Malcolm X shortly before his assassination.

He was no stranger to the White House, interviewing his friends the Reagans . . . John F. Kennedy . . . Lyndon Johnson . . . Jimmy Carter. Even Eleanor Roosevelt.

Plus all those remarkable characters: Leonard Bernstein, Johnny Carson, Luciano Pavarotti, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner, Salvador Dali, Barbra Streisand. His take-no-prisoners style became so famous he even spoofed it with comedian Jack Benny.

It’s hard to believe, but when Wallace was born in 1918 there wasn’t even a radio in most American homes, much less a TV.

As a youth, Wallace said, he was “an overachiever. I worked pretty hard. Played a hell of a fiddle.”

At the University of Michigan, where his parents hoped he’d become a doctor or lawyer, he got hooked instead on radio. And by 1941, Mike was the announcer on “The Green Hornet.”

“My family didn’t know what to make of it – an announcer?” he recalled.

He was soon the hardest-working announcer in broadcasting.

When television arrived in the 1950s, Wallace was everywhere . . . variety shows, game shows, dramas, commercials.

But it was an interview show called “Nightbeat,” first broadcast in 1956, that Wallace remembered fit him like custom-made brass knuckles. “We decided to ask the irreverent question, the abrasive question, the who-gives-a-damn question.”

Some, like labor leader Mike Quill, had never been spoken to that way. “Go ahead and ask your stupid questions,” he retorted.

Neither had mobster Mickey Cohen, whom Wallace asked, “How many men have you killed, Mickey?”

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Hannity Pretends Christine O’Donnell Never Said She Dabbled In Witchcraft


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Here is an excellent analysis by “Ellen” over at News Hounds, regarding Sean Hannity’s hypocrisy.  Hannity and his guests constantly bash Democrats for things that may have happened over 40 years ago.  Yet, he’s bitchin’ and moanin’ that the Dems are running a smear campaign on Christine O’Donnell…

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Sean Hannity may have broken the record for most disingenuousness and hypocrisy in one Fox News segment last night (9/20/10). It started with Hannity whining about those meanie Democrats “orchestrating a smear campaign” against Christine O’Donnell. As if Hannity ever does anything but smear anyone he considers a political opponent. But then Hannity added dishonesty to disingenuousness by saying that Bill Maher “led the charge” for Democrats by “trying to suggest that she (O’Donnell) dabbled in witchcraft as a high schooler.” In fact, as Hannity must surely know, Maher did not suggest anything. O’Donnell said it herself, plain as day, that she had dabbled in witchcraft.

Hannity’s suggestion that Maher “led the charge” is also blatantly false. Maher is no Democratic operative. He describes himself as a libertarian who endorsed Bob Dole. Maher released the video – and promises more – because O’Donnell has refused to come on his show (video below).

O’Donnell did nothing to help herself over the weekend by canceling two appearances on Sunday talk shows with dubious excuses. In fact, I’d argue that it’s really not about the witchcraft but O’Donnell’s cowardly response to the revelations. But somehow, neither Hannity nor his guest, deadbeat Dick Morris, seemed to think of that.

Instead, Hannity “defended” O’Donnell by whining that nobody paid any attention to President Obama’s past. Right, nobody EVER discussed Rev. Jeremiah Wright or Bill Ayers (with whom Obama had at most a casual friendship long after Ayers had become an upstanding citizen) during the 2008 campaign.       Continue reading…