Since the U.S. Treasury announced it would include a woman on the $10 bill in 2020 we think it’s only right that it consider putting a woman with Maine roots on the bill.
The following women are either from Maine, or they spent plenty of time here. Who do you think should share the space with Alexander Hamilton? Take our poll below. You can also share your choice directly with the Treasury.
And if you have an idea for someone we missed, let us know in the comments.
Born in 1802, this Hampden native and mental health pioneer has been called “the most effective advocate of humanitarian reform in American mental institutions during the nineteenth century.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Turkey, Mexico — and soon Israel — put artists on their cash, so why not the U.S.? Famed poet Millay coined the phrase, “My candle burns at both ends,” which captures America’s harried “Get Money” ethos.
Margaret Chase Smith
Born in 1897 in Skowhegan, Smith was the first woman to serve in both chambers of Congress. She famously spoke out against Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s communist witch hunt in her 1950 speech, “Declaration of Conscience.”
Perkins was born in Massachusetts, but her parents were from Maine, and she spent her summers here. The first woman appointed to a cabinet position, she served as President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s labor secretary and is credited with helping to create a few little things like: Social Security, child labor laws, national unemployment insurance, the minimum wage and workers’ compensation.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
“So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war,” President Abraham Lincoln reportedly said of the author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” Stowe wrote the book in Brunswick, where her husband was a professor at Bowdoin College.
Her seminal book, “Silent Spring,” helped launch the modern environmental movement. She was born in Pennsylvania but lived on Southport Island near Boothbay Harbor from 1953 to 1957 and founded the Maine chapter of The Nature Conservancy. There’s a national wildlife refuge in Southern Maine named after her.
Photo credits: Dorothea Dix, Library of Congress; Rachel Carson, BDN File photo; Edna St. Vincent Millay, Arnold Genthe, Library of Congress; Frances Perkins, Library of Congress; BDN file photo; Harriet Beecher Stowe, public domain)