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Friday, June 19, 2015

If US Money Denominations were All-Female..

So as I wrote yesterday, the Treasury felt that women needed some more PC charity to help with all the young girls' self esteem and gender pride issues by designating that only a woman was to replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill..

Of course we've already had two different women appear on $1 coins, and if you go to Canada or England, you will find every piece of monetary paper graced by a very old woman called Queen Elizabeth II

And trust me, young girls there have the same identity insecurities about things like weight and trying to look like that piece of filth Kim Kardashian and other clueless 'stars' who grace the magazine covers.
~ Rosa Parks..  Ugh! Hundreds of American women so much more important

Why the Treasury is involved in this socio-political gender appeasement farce is anyone's guess.

So today I am going to come up with my own personal list where every paper and coin denomination is to be honoring a woman, and as with yesterday, I reserve the right to put women who are alive as well as those deceased..

It just makes things funner..
$1 Bill - I choose Betsy Ross for this honor because there is no more famous or recognizable a woman from the period of the Revolutionary War and founding of this nation than she

$5 Bill - Dolley Madison, first lady to 4th President James Madison..

Besides being the first President's wife to really establish what the functions of the First Lady are supposed to be, she was credited with saving the classic portrait of George Washington when the British set fire to Washington DC in 1814,.

$10 Bill -  I'm keeping Condoleezza Rice, former head of NSA and Secretary of State under Bush as my representative of the $10..
$20 Bill - Betty Ford, wife of President Gerald Ford is my selection because her public battle with alcoholism while First Lady led to the establishment ultimately of the Betty Ford Center  which she co-founded in 1982..

 The Center has helped many people successfully battle chemical dependency issues, namely drugs and alcohol and is still making a positive difference today.
$50 Bill - Hedy Lamarr is my selection and I'm sure you're going 'Huh!'..  Why would I select a movie actress who only appeared in 35 films?   Lamarr was also an inventor, developing along with co-inventor George Anthiel in 1940 a "Secret Communications System" to help combat the Nazis in World War II.

By manipulating radio frequencies at irregular intervals between transmission and reception, the invention formed an unbreakable code to prevent classified messages from being intercepted by enemy personnel.

The enormous significance of their invention was not realized until decades later when first implemented on US naval ships during the Cuban Missile Crisis and subsequently emerged in numerous military applications.

Most importantly, the "spread spectrum" technology that Lamarr helped to invent would galvanize the digital communications boom, forming the technical backbone that makes cellular phones, fax machines and other wireless operations possible.
$100 Bill - Helen Keller who was born unable to see or hear, with the assistance of Anne Sullivan, she was able to break through her silence and spend her life communicating and campaigning for women's suffrage, labor rights, socialism, and other similar causes

Penny - Ruth Handler is my selection..

Who is she?  Only the inventor of the most popular and famous doll in the post-WWII world, Barbie She also was co-founder of the toy company Mattel and ran the company very successfully.
Nickel - I select author Pearl Buck who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1932 for the world-renowned 'The Good Earth' and was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938.

Dime -   Since FDR is on the real dime, I put Eleanor Roosevelt on my ten-cent piece
Quarter - Clara Baron, a pioneering nurse who served during the Civil War and founded the American Red Cross.  She also served as a nurse in Europe during the 1870 Franco-Prussian War

Half Dollar - Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic and did what she could to motivate other women to become pilots and other careers in the field of aviation
Dollar coin -  Susan B Anthony the famous suffragette once was prominent on the dollar coin and I would put her there again.

Notice none of the list were there for trivial reasons like rudely refusing to get up from a bus seat or winning Oscars

I wonder if any of the great women I listed will be the ultimate $10 'winner' or if the Treasury will pick someone more inconsequential like Rosa Parks or Harriet Tubman to placate two minority voting blocs at the same time..