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Jone Johnson Lewis

Women on U.S. Money

By September 12, 2008

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Sacagawea Dollar
Sacagawea Dollar
Image courtesy U.S. Mint
A minor "talking point" in the current campaign that I just heard is that women have never been portrayed on U.S. money, bills or coins.

On hearing this, my first reaction was "Huh?"

Not counting fictional females and goddess figures, like Liberty, four women have appeared on U.S. money:

  • Most recently, Sacagawea on the dollar coin
  • Susan B. Anthony, also on a dollar coin (replaced by Sacagawea's image)
  • Martha Washington, on 1886 and 1891 $1 Silver Certificates, on her own, and on the 1896 $1 Silver Certificate, with husband George
  • Pocahontas, whose image is depicted on 1869-1878 $10 notes

Of course, that's nowhere near equity in depictions, but it's certainly not "never."

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