You know how sometimes a single piece of news can make you want to laugh and weep at the same time? Like the answers from the US Republican Presidential candidates when they were asked (16 September 2015) which woman they think belongs on the new $10 bill? There were a few decent suggestions - these:
But then there were … Ivanka Trump and Janet Huckabee! Both living breathing women who, therefore, wouldn’t qualify regardless of their achievements or lack thereof. And Sonya Carson – an inspiring woman who did great things, but one of millions of American mothers who did all they could for their families and rose above their circumstances. Mother Teresa, who might not see the amusing irony in putting the face of a woman who took a vow of poverty onto money! And Margaret Thatcher – to laugh or to cry, that is the question. (I guess we’re calling that whole Revolutionary War thing bygones.)
So we’ve come up with a list of impressive women who are American, not living and of national importance - with a picture book to read about each of them:
And, just in case none of those impressive women fit the bill*, here are a few anthologies. Some of the women in these books are living and some are not American – so the candidates could still go horribly wrong:
PS: people in politics often serve up laugh-and-cry-at-the-same-time moments - heaven knows Australia’s revolving Prime Ministers are in the same boat.
* fit the bill - haha - get it?