“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”-Harriet Tubman
Here at Clear Counsel, we have a staff that includes a group of women that are as hard-working as they are intelligent. Recently in the office there was a discussion pertaining to which woman should be put on the $10 dollar bill1)Why not the $100 by the way?. More than a few of the answers were pretty great; we thought we would share three of our favorites2)note that if living women were being considered by the Treasury, we would have included a passionate argument for America’s greatest novelist, Toni Morrison
Woman 1: Jeannette Rankin
Of all these amazing women, Rep. Jeannette Rankin is probably going to be my number one pick. Not only was she the first woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives during a time when permitting women in the world of Congress (or any sort of power for that matter) was still tenuous, but she took the challenge in stride. This position was not given to her on a silver platter, and she did not quit in the face of adversity. In fact, she succeeded with very little help (from her brother). I think that most U.S. Citizens could learn a thing or two just by simply hearing her story. What better teaching tool than putting her smack in the middle of a $10 bill?
Woman 2: Sarah Winnemucca
She utilized her agency in taking advantage of the fantasies of the patriarchal establishment and ideals of what Native American women were to sell photographs of herself as a Native American princess at as many outlets as possible. Back in the day, for someone with no business upbringing, nor a thorough understanding of American commerce to come up with such an idea was astounding. Not only did she make money, she made money for a purpose. Native American children used to be taken from their families and brought to white boarding schools to be assimilated and to rid them of their culture and traditions. Sarah used the money she made to petition the federal government for Native American policy reform and even built a school in Nevada just for the children so they would be educated while staying close to their families and keeping their traditions. Did I mention that her whole tribe except for one was killed by settlers? And, as stated by Wikipedia:
The chief's two wives (including Sarah's mother) and infant son were killed. Although Sarah's sister Mary escaped from camp, she died later that winter due to the severe conditions. Her younger sister Elma was out of the area, as she had been adopted by a French family in Marysville, California.
This means her whole family was killed as well, except for her sister who was adopted by a settler family. This woman made huge changes for Native Americans even when her own people were no longer around to support her. Strength, resilience, and and tenacity... truly a hero.
Woman 3: Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman risked her life as a “conductor” in the Underground Railroad to help free enslaved folks even after she reached freedom. Less known, she was a spy for the Union during the Civil War, providing key information from her scouts about the Confederate positions. She was the first women in American history to lead a military expedition with several hundred men to free slaves, saving 750 men, women, children and babies. Tubman helped the Union army because she wanted freedom for people forced into slavery at the risk of being hanged herself. American abolitionist, humanitarian, and during the American Civil War, a Union spy. Need I say more? This women rocks.