Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton criticized the Treasury Department on Tuesday for its decision not to remove Alexander Hamilton from the $10 bill when a woman is added to the redesigned bill in 2020.
“I don’t like the idea that as a compromise you would basically have two people on the same bill. One would be a woman. That sounds pretty second class to me,” Clinton said in an interview with CNN. “So I think a woman should have her own bill.”
The former Secretary of State also echoed some advocates who argue that a woman should instead be honored on the $20 bill while Andrew Jackson is removed — sparing Hamilton, whom many consider a far superior politician to Jackson, from an unceremonious “demotion.”
The Treasury Department had announced its intention to include a woman on the $10 bill in June, following a high-profile campaign calling for a female likeness to appear finally on a dollar bill. No decision has been made yet to fully remove Hamilton from the $10 bill, according to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, who said officials are “exploring a variety of possibilities.”
The selection of the historic female figure will be announced by Lew later this year.