Pasco NOW wants first labor secretary on $10 bill
The Pasco County chapter of the National Organization for Women wants the new face on the $10 bill to be Frances Perkins, the first U.S. Secretary of Labor and the first women appointed to the U.S. Cabinet.
Perkins, who served throughout the tenure of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was the force behind much of the New Deal legislation, authored the Social Security Act and established the minimum wage, child labor and unemployment insurance laws.
“Frances Perkins truly demonstrated what a difference women can make when they are included in the political process,’’ Pasco NOW President Elaine Togneri said in a released statement. “We encourage women to run for office and ensure that our government represents all its citizens.”
The chapter voted to recommend Perkins after considering 16 choices as part of the national discussion spurred by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew’s invitation for public input on the redesign of the $10 bill.
The U.S. Department of Treasury “wants to hear from the American people and engage in a public dialogue about how we can use the new $10 note to best represent the values of our inclusive democracy,’’ the department says on its web site thenew10.treasury.gov.
A tweet from Pasco NOW, announcing its support for Perkins, was featured Wednesday afternoon on the home page of that web site.