The U.S. Treasury Department recently announced that a woman will be featured on the new $10 bill in 2020. While everyone's excited to finally see a woman's face grace our currency, "The Daily Show's" Jessica Williams recently pointed out a few important problems.
On the June 24 episode, Williams and Jon Stewart sat down to discuss if putting a woman on the $10 bill is really creating progress for gender equality. When Stewart referred to the step as a "giant leap for womankind," Williams responded accordingly: “If by giant leap, you mean awkward trip forward on a jagged side walk that you pretend you did on purpose."
Williams proceeded to highlight a few issues that explain why putting a woman's face on a U.S. dollar bill is a bit underwhelming. First, she pointed out that every few years a bill is redesigned to make it harder to counterfeit -- and the $10 was just next in line.
Furthermore, Mr. Hamilton will not actually be taken off the $10 bill and will still be in circulation. “We’ll put you on the 10 ladies, but Alexander go with them to make sure they don’t do any impulse buys!” Williams quipped.
Williams also noted that paper money will most likely be obsolete by the time 2020 rolls around.
Towards the end of the clip, Williams concluded her point perfectly: “If you want to make a real stab at progress, put women on pre-obsolete things. Make Harriet Tubman the face of PayPal or put Eleanor Roosevelt on the face of Apple Pay or oooh put Olivia Pope on Bitcoin!”