The Case For Clare Boothe Luce On The $10 Bill
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The Case For Clare Boothe Luce On The $10 Bill

When it comes to putting a woman on the $10 bill, let's choose a worthy woman.

The Case For Clare Boothe Luce On The $10 Bill

The U.S. Department of Treasury has announced that the new $10 bill will feature a prominent woman, instead of the First Secretary of the Treasury, Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

On the cusp of that announcement, the Internet exploded with suggestions for the new currency, ranging from the impossible (the living) to the outrageous to the offensive.

Running suggestions, from various news sources and newsreaders alike, include living women (who do not qualify for the position for MANY REASONS) such as Lena Dunham and Miley Cyrus. The outrageous suggestions include Margaret Sanger, a birth control advocate who believed birth control was the best way to control the African-American race, which she considered “unclean,” and Christine Jorgensen, the first person to undergo successful sex reassignment surgery. Another prominent suggestion is Rosie the Riveter, a fictional character.

I believe that if we are going to place an American woman on any piece of currency, it needs to be someone who has played a great role in the history of our country, like the men who grace the currency currently.

We need Clare Boothe Luce on the $10 bill.

Clare Boothe Luce is a name you will never hear in a history class, or a Women’s Studies class, even though she is an astoundingly important woman in US history.

Clare Boothe Luce was the Vanity Fair editor, a Congresswoman, a playwright and author, and the first female Ambassador to a major embassy post, Italy.

She survived a rough childhood with unmarried parents, a horrible first marriage to an alcoholic, and the death of her daughter. She served as a Republican woman in Congress, winning in a very liberal state when even the Democratic President of the United States campaigned against her. She was the first female appointed to a major ambassadorial post, Italy, and was able to solve the long-term conflict of Trieste between Italy and Yugoslavia. While in Italy, she continued her work for a better Italy while fighting arsenic poisoning.

Long before Wicked hit Broadway, Luce coined the term “No good deed goes unpunished.”

If the American people are so concerned about the equality of our currency that we must put a woman on our $10 bill immediately, we should choose a deserving woman. We should choose a woman who not only upheld American values in the face of adversity, but who was a trailblazer for women to come.

Clare Boothe Luce was a pioneering Congresswoman, and the first woman to ever serve on the Military Affairs Committee. She was a high successful writer, and her most famous play, "The Women," was made into a movie twice. The 2008 version of the film starred Meg Ryan, Eva Mendes, and Jada Pinkett-Smith.

She was a trailblazing journalist who profiled the rise of Germany prior to World War I and predicted the rise of Communism. She then spent many years helping to combat Communism at home and abroad, including in her ambassadorial post in Italy.

We deserve to have a worthy woman on our $10 bill, and I think it should be Clare Boothe Luce, a pioneering journalist, Congresswoman, playwright, Ambassador, and American woman.

We need a woman on the $10 bill who we can all aspire to be, and I, like many others, aspire to be the Clare Boothe Luce of our generation.

Before we chose a person to replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill, let us remember that this woman will join the likes of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. Who better deserves this honor?

If you are interested in learning more about the amazing woman that is Clare Boothe Luce, check out the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. CBLPI is devoted to engaging, informing, and connecting conservative women to prepare for a better future in their lives, on campuses, and in the workplace.

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