New US 10-Dollar Bill Will Feature a Woman

August 6, 2015

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. feature / ˈfi tʃər / (v.) – to include or present as a part of something
Example: The gallery features a lot of paintings.

2. revised / rɪˈvaɪzd / (adj.) – changed or improved
Example: The revised editions of the books are periodically released.

3. tactile / ˈtæk tɪl / (adj.) – referring to one’s sense of touch
Example: Canadian paper money has tactile features like raised dots.

4. recognizable / ˌrekəgˈnaɪzəbl̩ / (adj.) – can be easily identified
Example:  My I.D. is no longer recognizable after it got soaked in mud.

5. counterfeit / ˈkaʊn tərˌfɪt / (v.) – to create a fake copy of something
Example: The police caught the man who counterfeits money. 


Read the text below.
The US Department of the Treasury will be re-designing the 10-dollar bill to feature a woman.

The department plans to release the revised bill in 2020 in time for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which allowed women to vote. However, it is still not decided whose face will be on the new 10-dollar bill. While the law only requires that a person must be dead to be featured in a US dollar, US Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew [loo] mentioned that he is looking for a woman who became instrumental in achieving democracy.  

Currently, the $10 bill features the face of Alexander Hamilton, who played a major part in the American Revolution. The Treasury still has not decided if Hamilton will be replaced or if he will appear with the chosen woman in the new bill.

Public opinion is currently leaning towards Harriet Tubman [HAR-ee-uh t TUHB-muh n], who was an important figure in the anti-slavery movement. Other historical female figures considered by the public include Eleanor Roosevelt [ROH-zuh-velt], wife of President Franklin Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, a civil rights activist, and Wilma Mankiller, the first female Cherokee Nation leader.

The redesigned 10-dollar bill will include tactile features in order to make it recognizable for blind or visually impaired people. According to the Treasury, the new bill will also be more difficult to counterfeit.

The department also invites the public to use the hashtag #TheNew10 and share their comments and suggestions about the 10-dollar bill. Lew will then reveal who the chosen woman is by the end of this year.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         Do you agree with the department’s decision to feature a woman in the new $10 bill? Why or why not?
·         What criteria do you think should be used in selecting the person to be featured on the bill?

Discussion B

·         If you were to modify your country’s money, how would you design it?
·         Is your country’s money easy to counterfeit? Why is that so?

August 6, 2015